Teeth that have been severely decayed or structurally damaged can be repaired with a restorative appliance known as a dental crown. A dental crown is a prosthetic cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to help retain its structure. The tooth must be shaved down and reshaped to accommodate the crown, preserve the nerve, and uphold the root. Gold dental crowns are helped in place using a cementing agent that creates a powerful bond between the restoration and reshaped tooth.
Crowns can be fabricated from several different types of materials. At Michael C. Bell, DDS, PC, we offer a porcelain option and a gold option. Patients that are concerned with aesthetics often choose porcelain crowns, because they can be shaded to match the existing color of your natural teeth. a gold dental crown can be an ideal choice for teeth in the posterior region of the mouth, such as your molars, where aesthetics are not an issue.
Dental crowns make it possible for us to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. This is crucial for your overall oral health. Preserving your natural teeth helps to maintain your natural bone structure, and prevent any bite or misalignment issues.
We use crowns as a tooth replacement when there is an insufficient amount of natural tooth. They can also prevent a weak or brittle tooth from fracturing or restore a fractured tooth. In some cases, they serve as a cover for a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. We can even use crowns to improve discolored or poorly shaped teeth.
Gold crowns have a long history and proven track record, which is why we still use them today. They are typically made from an amalgam of gold, copper, and other metals. The strength of this amalgamation makes gold crowns highly resistant to corrosion and nearly impossible to fracture. This allows us to preserve more of your natural tooth, provide an excellent seal, and prevent any leakage or recurrent tooth decay.
Patients with gold crowns will experience superior longevity and minimal wear. Under proper care and maintenance, a gold crown can last for a decade or more. Gold crowns are also extremely biocompatible, having little to no effect on adjacent teeth and your mouth in general.
Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for teeth in your visible smile. They are discrete, offer a realistic appearance, and can improve cosmetic issues. However, porcelain is a more fragile material. It does not offer the same durability and longevity you find with a gold crown. In many cases, porcelain can be a suitable choice for front or back teeth, but we do not recommend porcelain crowns for strength purposes. Patients who grind their teeth are much more likely to receive a gold crown to avoid future issues. Luckily, this usually only applies to teeth in the deepest parts of your mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about gold crowns, contact us at 512-327-7750, and schedule an appointment today.