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Are Metal Crowns Going Out of Style?

Posted in Crowns

A combination of gold and other metals have been used to restore teeth for a long time. But few people these days appreciate the look of metal teeth. Dentistry today has the multi-purpose aim of being conservative, durable, and cosmetic.

That’s why tooth-colored dental crowns came into the picture.

Why More People Are Avoiding Metal Crowns

Not only can metal crowns be visually unappealing, but there are other reasons to choose an alternative.

First of all, metal gives you zero visibility in x-rays. Metal shows up as bright white on radiographs because the radiation energy can’t pass through it. This prevents your tooth from showing up on the image. Any part covered by metal is impossible to see without physically removing the crown.

What if a cavity grows in the tooth under the crown? Tough luck. You might not notice it until it’s quite large. White dental caps on the other hand, let your dentist check more of the tooth for signs of decay before it advances.

When a Metal Crown is a Good Choice

For some folks, having a gold tooth is their cosmetic preference. Additionally, metal caps tend to withstand wear longer than ceramic ones. If you already have a gold crown, it’s a good idea to crown an opposing tooth with the same material.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to decide which kind of crown is best for your smile. There’s no one solution that works for everyone! While more techniques are coming out for restoring teeth, a gold crown is still a viable option. Talk with your dentist to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554


Which is Better: A White or Gold Crown?

Posted in Crowns

When you think of a dental crown, perhaps your mind goes to the idea of a shiny gold tooth. Gold crowns are still around, but white crowns have been gaining in popularity. If you need a dental crown, which kind should you go with?

Let’s first review what these crowns are made of and how they work.

Gold Crowns

A gold crown is, obviously, made of gold. Gold crowns tend to be the best in terms of strength for more pressure-intensive areas. This type of crown also doesn’t require too much tooth structure to be removed to retain it. Gold is readily accepted by the mouth and has been used in dentistry for centuries.

The only downside?

The very obvious fact that you have a crown! Gold is not a subtle choice. Unless you’re happy advertising all of your dental restorations, or the tooth is hidden further back in your mouth, you might want to stay away from gold crowns for aesthetic reasons.

Porcelain Crowns

White crowns are typically made from porcelain. These crowns do a great job of blending in with the rest of your smile. In fact, you might choose to have a few porcelain crowns placed on front teeth to make them look better in terms of color, size, or spacing.

White crowns usually require that more tooth structure is removed to placed them. They are also prone to fracturing in the event of:

  • Tooth grinding
  • Injury
  • Biting into a hard object

Choosing the Right Crown

At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about which types of dental restorations are available to you. Your dentist will help you figure out which kind is going to suit your smile’s needs the best!

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643


5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns can seem like an overwhelming process if you’ve never had one. Looking over the following information can help feel a lot better when your dentist recommends repairing your tooth with a crown.

  1. What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a strong and protective “cap” that replaces the visible outer portion of a tooth. A tooth that has experienced a lot of fracture, wear, or decay can be saved with a dental crown. The damaged material is trimmed away and a custom-designed cover replaces it.

  1. Can’t the Tooth Be Filled Instead?

If there is too much filling material in relation to tooth structure, the tooth can be compromised. A large filling is more of a patch job that puts the tooth at risk of future fractures. A crown protects a tooth completely.

  1. Does the Crown Have to Be Metal?

No! Most crowns these days are made from porcelain or ceramic for a natural-look. These materials will also give your tooth strength.

  1. Do I Have to Have A Root Canal, As Well?

A tooth needs a root canal when the nerve chamber is damaged. If only the outer part of the tooth is involved, it should only need a crown. On the other hand, just about every tooth with a root canal will also need to be crowned.

  1. How Long Does a Crown Last?

With proper care and maintenance, you’re looking at spending 10-15 years with your crown. Some have lasted even longer than that.

A dental crown is a good way to protect your tooth! The sooner you get your tooth restored with a crown, the longer you get to hold onto it. See your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224


Choosing the Right Type of Crown for Your Smile

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Has your dentist informed you that you need a crown on a tooth that is visible when you smile?  How about needing a crown in the back of your mouth, where it is not easy to see when you smile?

Here are three common types of dental crowns:

Ceramic or Porcelain– These crowns are made out of porcelain or dental ceramic and they are popular for their tooth-colored, natural looking appearance.

Metal– Metal alloy crowns are made out of gold or silver-colored dental materials.  These are known to be strong and durable for excessive biting forces.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)- For these crowns, porcelain covers metal in these crowns.  These can be both durable and have a great appearance at the same time.

How do you know which crown is right for you?

Here are some things to consider when choosing a crown for your tooth:

Where is the tooth needing a crown located?  Is it in the front or back of your mouth?  Typically, tooth-colored crowns are preferred on teeth towards the front of your mouth due to their appearance to enhance your smile.  Metal crowns are usually recommended on your back teeth because of their durability and they are not as visible when smiling.

Compare the cost of different crowns with and without insurance.  Generally, the ceramic crowns are 10-20% more expensive than the metal and PFM crowns.  Crowns will typically not be covered by insurance if they are under 5 years old (and you used the same insurance originally) or they are purely for cosmetic reasons.

If you need a crown but you are unsure of which type of crown is best for you, talk to your dentist to discuss your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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