No More Natural Teeth: Deciding Between Implants and Dentures

A Gold Crown Is A Good Choice For A Molar And A Personal Choice For A Front Tooth

by Jeremiah Barnett

When your tooth has a big cavity, your dentist may say you need a dental crown to cover the tooth so you can save it from being pulled. When a cavity is large, a filling may not be possible because there might not be enough enamel left to hold the filling securely in place. A crown fits over the top of the tooth, so there's no problem with it being secure. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, and gold is one of them. Here's why you might like to have a gold crown.

A Gold Crown Is Strong

A gold crown is actually made from a combination of metals. Gold is one of the metals and the one that gives the crown a gold color. This metal composition makes the crown strong and durable, so it's an ideal choice for use on back teeth that do a lot of chewing and grinding. A gold crown has a reduced risk of chipping and breaking when compared to one made of porcelain that has a tooth-like color. When a crown is in the back of your mouth, it is less visible so the color of the crown may not matter as much as choosing a type that has the strength and durability needed to last for many years.

Gold Crowns Have A Unique Appearance

One thing about gold crowns is that they are noticeable on your front teeth due to their gold color. You wouldn't want one if you prefer a crown that blends in with the color of your other teeth. That's why crowns made of white materials are usually more popular, especially on the front teeth. However, you may like the appearance of a gold crown when it's easily visible. A gold crown can give you character and be similar to wearing permanent jewelry on your teeth. Since a gold crown will probably last for many years, you'll want to think carefully before getting one on a front tooth. Your dentist can explain the different types of crowns and how they'll look so you make the right choice for you.

A gold crown can be a good choice for other reasons too. Since gold is so strong, a gold crown often doesn't require as much enamel to be removed before it is cemented to your tooth. Also, gold is more gentle on your other teeth during the chewing process and this helps avoid wearing away of other teeth, especially if you have a habit of grinding your teeth.