- Amalgam or Silver Fillings
- Composite or White Fillings
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Fused Metal Crowns
- Gold Crowns
- Inlays Outlays
Dental Cleaning and Treatment of Gum Diseases
Treatment of Dental Infections
A full gold crown used to restore a tooth is made completely from gold or gold alloy. For many decades, dentists have found gold to be a metal that is very easy to work with, allowing them to fit crowns very precisely. Gold crowns are able to withstand the heavy stress caused by biting and chewing. They won’t chip and it is very unusual for a gold crown to break, making them the longest lasting type of crown. On the very rare occasions that a gold crown does actually break, this is usually caused by decay or a fracture in the tooth structure beneath it. It is also not unknown for gold crowns to loosen, but this can often be caused by your diet, especially of foods with high sugar content, such as candy, that are damaging to both teeth and gums.
Metal dental crowns, including gold ones, aren’t usually placed on those teeth that are visible when a person smiles, such as those closer to the front. Gold crowns are yellow or white gold in colour and are mostly used to restore the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth. Your dentist may recommend a gold crown if you show heavy wear patterns on your teeth. Gold crowns are very strong, but their rate of wear is actually almost identical to tooth enamel. This means that a gold dental crown doesn’t cause excessive wear and tear on the teeth it bites against, even for people with a heavier bite or who clench or grind their teeth excessively.
Your choice of crown is in the end entirely your decision, but gold crowns are an excellent choice for patients who are not overly concerned about having an entirely white smile. Gold crowns have the advantage of being extremely strong, unlikely to chip or break and best able to closely mimic all the properties of a tooth, with the exception of natural colour. As a patient, this makes a gold crown the most durable option and although gold id a precious metal, these types of crowns are in fact less costly than other varieties, since less labour is required for fabrication. If its been determined that you need a crown, your dentist will be able to offer you excellent advice and provide helpful information on the different types of crowns available.