Gold Vs Porcelain Crowns

The long debated question about what kind of dental crown should you get placed in your mouth is about to get answered for you.  For us being a company that specializes in using absolute best dental materials we know what we would say.  So what we decided to do was to give you our take on the two different crown materials and then we invited Dr. Shelly Verma a long client of ours to do give her opinion on the matter in order to get a more objective answer for you our online audience.

Types of Dental Crown Materials

First lets take a look at all your options when choosing what type of crown to get.

  • Ceramic  Crown— Typically used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color.
  • Porcelain-fused to metal Crowns – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable.
  • Gold Crowns – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
  • Base metal alloys Crowns– This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.

From a dental lab’s perspective we would always just think to use the material that will last the longest but your dentist will need to think about many more things such as:

How will the crown look?

How much of the tooth the dentist will need to trim down?

How much pressure is going to be placed on the tooth getting the crown?

These are among some of the questions that will be running thru the dentists mind when deciding what crown will be best for the patient.  And since we are not dentists we decided to bring Dr. Verma in a little early and find out her answer….drum roll please.

“My answer to the question is I use them all.  It really depends on how much stress, strain, the bite, the look and so much more when deciding the proper dental material to choose when picking a crown. ”

So you heard it here first…the answer is that there are no one size fit all crowns and all are equally as good depending on the situation.  We would like to thank Dr. Verma for her help with this question and look forward to finding out more answers to things like this in the future.  You can find Dr. Shelly Verma’s website to her dental office if you are in Lewisville, Tx.

Next weeks topic will be about veneers.