Dental crowns are "caps" designed to cover the entire surface of your tooth. A crown acts as a support for a weakened tooth, holds together a damaged tooth (preventing it from shattering) and protects it from infection, all while allowing the tooth to stay in its socket.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. Ceramic is an extremely popular option because it mimics your natural teeth. Gold is another common option, even though it stands out from the rest of your teeth. Here's why.
Gold crowns are well known for their superior strength. Unlike porcelain fused to metal, ceramic or resin crowns, they will not chip or crack, even under extreme biting pressures. Failure due to breaking is extremely rare.
Gold crowns have the longest life expectancy out of all dental crown material options. They can last well over 50 years, thanks in part to their durability. Another factor in its life expectancy is that it expands and contracts like your natural tooth, which keeps it from breaking away from the tooth.
Gold is very biocompatible with the mouth's sensitive tissues. The gums can form comfortably around the material. And, it is not abrasive to your natural teeth. The risk of damage to your adjacent teeth is minimal, and they won't cause excessive wear on the teeth they hit. In fact, their wear rate is similar that of natural teeth.
Less Tooth Structure RemovedIn order for a crown to be placed, a portion of your tooth structure needs to be removed. This ensures that the crown fits in comfortably and naturally with the rest of your mouth, and doesn't affect your bite. Gold crowns are a thinner material, and therefore require less of your tooth's enamel to be removed before placing.
If you are in need of a dental crown, speak with your dentist to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each material to find which one is right for you.
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