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When Should You Opt for a Gold Crown

Posted on 9/25/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.When you crack or break a tooth, it should be repaired. One of the best methods for repairing a damaged tooth, as well as strengthening and protecting it, is a crown.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a "cap" for a damaged tooth. It strengthens a weakened tooth and helps to seal out bacteria. Your tooth needs to be ground down in preparation for the crown, after which your dentist takes an impression.

This impression is sent off to a lab to create a customized crown. There are a few different materials from which crowns can be made.

Ceramic is a popular choice, as it matches the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain fused to metal is a less expensive choice that matches the color of your teeth except for a telltale metal line that shows through. Then there is gold.

Gold Crowns

Gold crowns are a less popular choice as they don't match the color of your teeth. But it has been in use for crowns for over one hundred years. It is the strongest material for crowns - ceramic and porcelain can chip under too much pressure - available and lasts the longest, upward of forty years or more. While it is not aesthetically pleasing, a gold crown has its advantages.

Teeth Grinding

If you are a teeth grinder, porcelain and ceramic are liable to wear and crack; they may even break. Gold is the only material that won't suffer damage under the extra pressure exerted on your teeth.

Back Teeth

Gold crowns work exceptionally well in the back molars. Because they are closer to the hinge, these teeth see more pressure than teeth closer to the front of your mouth. Because the back teeth are less visible, a gold crown is less likely to be seen.

Hard Foods
If you have a tendency to chew hard foods, a gold crown is a much better choice. Ceramic and porcelain can be easily chipped, even if you don't chew with an excessive amount of force. Gold can withstand chewing harder food items.

Gold crowns are an exceptional choice for a crown, despite the fact that they don't match the color of the rest of your teeth. Contact us to find if a gold crown is the best choice.
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