Placing gold crowns is a common practice in dentistry. From dental bridges to repairing broken or decayed teeth, gold crowns help teeth regain functionality and uniformity. However, while crowns do offer a number of benefits, patients should consider the disadvantages of crowns, too.
Dr. James Fondriest, provides patients with the straight facts about gold crowns.
Durability Is Especially Important For Restorations On Your Back Teeth
Your premolars and molars have a tough task, which is why the durability of a restoration on these teeth is particularly important. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can provide more support than porcelain crowns. With expert care, it is possible to make sure your crown is a good match for neighboring teeth.
The Pros and Cons of Gold Crowns
An argument for the use of gold
Gold or metal. What’s great about gold or metal crowns is durability. A metal-based crown is bound to last for years without cracking or chipping. Additionally, since metal proves malleable, your Lake Forest, IL dentist is able to make a more precise crown. However, the downside is the appearance. Gold or metal crowns become easily noticed, especially if a front tooth needs said crown. Plus, patients with metal allergies can’t utilize this type of crown.
Limitations of gold
Gold crowns are easily seen in the front of the mouth. They are not considered in cosmetically sensitive situations. Most makeovers utilize gold only on the one or two most posterior teeth in the mouth. Porcelain crowns are much prettier than gold based restorations. These crowns can blend in with surrounding teeth flawlessly due to the way a porcelain crown can mimic natural teeth. Since porcelain material and a tooth’s enamel have similar translucent qualities, a porcelain-based restoration goes unnoticed to the untrained eye.
Another limitation of gold is that it cannot be bonded onto a tooth. Bonding porcelain shells to the outsides of teeth is thought to make teeth stronger. There are always choices to be made in each situation. Porcelain fortified teeth work best when most of the tooth remains. If half or more than half of a tooth is lost, then a gold crown is a best choice.
Porcelain fused to gold crowns
Porcelain fused to gold crowns are a melding of the beauty of porcelain with the strength of gold. For patients who seek the best of both worlds, porcelain fused to gold crowns might prove the most beneficial. A PFM crown is one that is metal-based, yet its coated with porcelain material. This way patients can receive the durability of a metal crown with the aesthetic appeal of a porcelain-based crown. Patients should note, though, that the porcelain material is still susceptible to breaking or chipping, which could lead to costly repairs or replacements.
Learn more about how gold crowns still have an important place in dentistry
Before you have a gold crown placement procedure, talk to Dr. Fondriest about other types of restorative dental pieces. He can share which ones prove the most popular and help you choose the one that best accommodates your needs. To schedule an appointment with us, call (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from Chicago and surrounding cities.