A gold dental crown provides a secure fix for a tooth that is weak or badly broken down. The tooth is shaped and prepared, and the crown surrounds and covers the entire tooth. Gold dental crowns are great options for restoring teeth. When comparing gold and porcelain, gold is much kinder to opposing teeth.
Gold crowns tend to be reserved for posterior teeth. Usually they are only used when patients are hard on their teeth. For instance when they grind, clench, or use their teeth as tools. The lifespan of either depends on oral hygiene, proper care, and eating habits.
Gold crowns place in dentistry
Dr. Fondriest frequently will use gold dental crowns for second molars and sometimes first molars. They are selected only when the patient is a known grinder or has broken porcelain crowns in the past. The teeth in the back take the most abuse as they are closest to the fulcrum of the jaw. Luckily, the back teeth are usually not visible in the smile.
In porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations, gold can produce beautiful results when in the hands of a master ceramist. PFMs are much stronger than porcelain alone. Gold restorations are bio-compatible. The hard and soft tissues of your mouth integrate with them. They can also withstand chewing pressure and last for decades without corroding. Many people find gold fillings more pleasing to the eye than metal amalgam.
The Safety of Metal Dentistry
When it comes to silver or gold, there is no doubt that gold is more bio-compatible. It is said that metal in the body can affect metal health. The main cause of concern for advocates of eliminating metal amalgam from use in dentistry is mercury. The FDA and ADA have both approved the use amalgam for adults and children over six years of age. The agency does warn against using amalgam in children under six, pregnant women, or, of course, anyone allergic to the material. Mercury released from amalgam in dental work is negligible.
Some metal crowns can be harmful
Metals used dental work have been occasionally surrounded by controversy over the years. Some cheaper laboratories will use metal alloys that can be unsafe. There are potential dangers with mercury or nickel being used in metal alloys used for crowns or onlays. As long as your dentist uses high quality regulated labs there should be no concern. It’s unfortunate when a dentist takes shortcuts and uses toxic metals. The story then gets distorted in the press and on Facebook. The story says metal crown when it really is how it was made. That ruins the opportunity to use a product that has been used for centuries in a safe way.
Does gold cost the same as a porcelain crown?
Normally dentists charge the same fee for porcelain or gold crowns. They range in price from $1800-3000 depending on the quality level of the dentist and laboratory. There are a few exceptions. when many porcelain crowns are being done in the front of the mouth, the complexity of the work increases. Usually artistic smile design is performed and it will increase the cost. If your dentist chooses to use gold instead of a cheap metal, it will cost more. Gold is significantly more expensive than car bumper metal. It also fits better and lasts longer.
Differences in insurance coverage between cheap metal and gold
Crowns are typically used to treat both functional and aesthetic issues and are likely to be covered by dental insurance. The amount the insurance company pays depends on your policy plan. Some companies pay the entire amount while others only pay an arbitrarily assigned UCR. UCR suposedly stands for usual and customary amount. Actually, that is the UCR from 1976 when dental insurance started.
The cost of high noble crowns cost more to create and the insurance companies know that. They are reimbursed at a higher amount.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of strong, beautiful dental work, please call our practice today. Dr. Fondriest provides high-quality cosmetic dentistry to patients in the North Shore and the greater Chicago area.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist. He serves clients from throughout the United States