Gold vs Porcelain crowns
Posted on 9/11/2023 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
|Crowns come in different materials, two of the widely used most materials are gold and porcelain. The difference in material does not affect their function, however. They are used as a covering for a damaged tooth, to improve oral aesthetics, or for holding the bridge for implants. Below, we will delve into the detailed characteristics of porcelain and gold crowns.
Gold alloy crowns
For more than 4000 years, gold has been in use in the dentistry field. Today, it's combined with other metals like chromium, nickel, and palladium to save on cost and increase its strength. They may appear in two colors, silver, and gold. They have several characteristics including, their durability. They withstand forces during chewing making them a long-term option. In addition to that, gold crowns are compatible with the body. This means it does not react with the body reducing the risk of allergies. Apart from looking good, these crowns fit just perfectly into the patient's mouth. Crowns are made in the dental laboratories following the specific patient's needs.
This type of crown is popular and have gained it through their characteristics. These crowns are said to resemble natural teeth; however, they are not as strong as the other types of crowns. They have many advantages however, when it comes to secrecy, they cannot be easily spotted. They are often used for the front teeth which might be visible to everyone and due to their resemblance to natural teeth, one cannot tell the difference. They are also considered stain resistant, therefore your original shade will be kept for some time. It is also medically fit for use for people, therefore, assuring you of good health afterward. These crowns are however weak and tend to wear out the opposite tooth.
These are just two examples, there are others like all ceramic, pressed ceramic, and all resin. As time goes by, there is a new kind, therefore, offering the patient a wide range of opportunities. However, before choosing the type of porcelain to have on you, talk to our team of orthodontists for advice on what type of crown will fit you.