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Are Metal Crowns Going Out of Style?

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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?

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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


When A Crown is Better Than a Filling

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A dental filling replaces only a small portion of tooth, while a crown replaces the entire outer part of the tooth. Given the choice, you might prefer to go with the more conservative option of a filling.

But after considering the benefits of a crown, you’ll likely agree that it’s worth having to save your tooth!

What Your Tooth Needs

When recommending restorative treatment, a dentist carefully considers what your tooth is able to handle. Your tooth is not made up of a single material. It actually has complex layers surrounding a delicate and sensitive nerve chamber.

The more natural tooth structure is removed to hold a filling, the weaker your tooth becomes. A particularly large filling may have to be replaced time and again, and each time requiring more tooth structure to be removed. The larger the filling, the greater the chance that your tooth will be sensitive and the nerve chamber prone to damage.

Your dentist will assess the amount of decay or damage and determine from there how well your tooth can hold up with a filling.

Benefits of a Dental Crown

Having a crown placed is proactive. By choosing a crown, you will protect your compromised tooth from breaking down any further. This means:

  • Less chance of sensitivity
  • You can chew on it as normal without fear of fracture
  • More likely to last longer than a large regular filling
  • It can help you avoid the need for a root canal or extraction

A crown (tooth-colored) is also a great option for a tooth that shows when you smile because it will look like a complete natural tooth. Find out more about the benefits of dental crowns by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Metal Free Porcelain Crowns – How They Impact Your Smile

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Porcelain crowns used to be made with a metal base. The porcelain was fused over a metal crown, covering it to create the illusion that the crown itself was the color of a real tooth. This created a few different problems. One was that there was still a visible metal “line” around the edge of the crown that could be seen after it was put on the tooth. Another was if the crown was worn or chipped, the dark metal would show through. Thankfully, porcelain materials are now more durable than ever, leaving patients with better options when it comes to improving their oral health.

Metal free porcelain crowns are made completely of durable, high-grade porcelain or resin materials. This allows the restoration to be placed anywhere in your mouth, especially the front teeth. Margins of the crown blend in with the underlying tooth because of the customized shade matching process. Not only does this eliminate the metal line that is visible near the gumlines, it also minimizes the margin of the porcelain against the tooth itself, making the crown easier to keep clean.

In the past, porcelain wasn’t recommended on back teeth because it wasn’t regarded as durable. With the changes we have made in these materials, high-grade porcelain crowns are appropriate for use anywhere in the mouth. That way when you smile or talk in public, no one will realize that you’ve had dental work. Even if the crown were to have some wear over time, you would never have to worry about an underlying metal layer being exposed.

The next time your dentist tells you that you need a crown, ask about a porcelain alternative!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521


Porcelain Crowns Renew Smiles

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When you look in the mirror to smile, what do you see? Are you happy with how your smile looks, or do broken, discolored teeth keep you from wanting to smile at all? Thankfully, full porcelain crowns are a wonderful way to not only help your smile look better, but make it stronger as well. 

Porcelain crowns are perfect for teeth that are:

  • Broken, chipped, or worn down
  • Severely decayed
  • Discolored from trauma or large, old fillings
  • Treated with a root canal 

Every porcelain crown is carefully designed to look and feel like a real tooth. Starting with the size and shape of the tooth, the crown will cover the broken or decayed tooth so that it is whole once again. The color of the crown is also shaded to match the other teeth in the mouth, so that it blends right in when you smile. 

Crown treatments are a great way to renew self-confidence and also protect your smile. Crowns can be shaded any color, making them perfect for full mouth reconstruction or smile makeovers. 

In most cases, crowns typically take two visits to complete. At the first appointment the tooth is prepped and any damaged areas or existing restorations are removed. An impression is then taken and sent off to the laboratory where your custom crown is made. In about two weeks, the final crown is ready for delivery and will be permanently cemented into place. Once bonded in, the final crown will last for years! Some dental offices even offer services like same-day crowns, depending on the type of laboratory that is used in the process. 

Ask your dentist if crowns are right for you, and find out more on how you can strengthen and improve your smile in just a couple of visits!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists


Dental Care in One Day

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As time goes on, more and more advances are being made to make dental procedures more efficient. One of the more recent developments is the ability to make crowns, veneers, and other types of dental restorations right in your dentists office while you wait. Even 5 years ago, some procedures such as having a crown placed could take up to three appointments. Now those same procedures can be done in one appointment. This saves patients and doctor’s time.

Because of virtual 3D imaging technology and high-tech CAD/CAM machines, dentists have equipment that is on locations to create the crown right there while you wait. No longer does the dentist have to wait for the crown to be fabricated in an off-site lab. Basically, as a patient you can go in to the office, have impressions and have the crown created and then put directly in.

With one day crowns, even though your appointment time may be a little longer, you only have a single appointment versus two or even three. And even better, you will leave with the procedure completely done!

Also, the margin for error is much smaller. You can be confident by having the whole procedure done on the same day helps make it a more successful procedure. Many times in the past when impressions were done and sent off, there could be fit problems with the crown once it was created. The great thing about an all in one appointment, is if anything feels off – your dentist can make adjustments right then.

Check with your local dental office for more information on dental care in one day.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Are Gold or Porcelain Crowns Better?

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Gold crowns have been used in dentistry for decades. Newer porcelain crowns are now one of the more popular options for the modern dental patient. When it comes to deciding which type of crown is best for your own treatment needs, which one is best, a gold crown, or a porcelain crown?

Gold crowns are unique in that they allow the material of the crown to be shaped as closely as possible to your tooth. They provide a very accurate fit and reduce the risk of wide margins or overhangs that often collect plaque (making you less prone to develop gingivitis.) The soft material is more forgiving to chewing forces, and wears very well in comparison to you other teeth.

Porcelain crowns are the aesthetic treatment of choice for teeth in the front of your mouth, or that show when you smile, talk, or laugh. The material is closely matched to your surrounding teeth, so that the porcelain blends in naturally and looks as if it were a real tooth. The downside to porcelain crowns is that it is much more susceptible to fracturing than a gold crown.

Because porcelain does not flex or conform, there is a risk for slivers of porcelain to chip away, or for the crown to fracture apart if you accidentally bite on something very hard.  It is impossible to patch a broken area or add on to a porcelain crown, so if they are damaged to the point where your smile is compromised, they require complete replacement. Thankfully, porcelain materials continue to be improved, providing dental patients with stronger crowns than what were previously available.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



Thinking Of Getting a Gold Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns are often used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become chipped, cracked or discolored, either from injury or decay. A dental crown is also used to restore the strength and structure to a tooth following a root canal procedure, or to replace missing teeth with the application of a crown over an implant. Crowns can be manufactured from several different materials, each varying in durability or cosmetic appeal. Crowns made from metal are the strongest and longer lasting option available; of which, gold is certainly one.

Why choose gold? Gold is non-toxic, non-corrosive and hypo-allergenic. Gold crowns will not break or chip, even when polished. The greatest advantage of getting a gold crown is its longevity. Gold crowns will outlast those made with other materials at least three to five times longer. You can count on your gold crown to literally last for decades, which may be more cost effective than having to replace crowns of lesser durability.

Since gold is a high noble metal (as opposed to nickel or tin), there is less expansion or contraction with heat and cold, so the fit remains tightly sealed. Of course, the drawback on choosing gold as the metal for your crown is the lack of aesthetic appeal. In this case, you are choosing between having a gold tooth, or having a tooth that is natural in appearance. Therefore, many choose to have gold crowns placed only in less visible locations where a stronger tooth structure is more necessary (back molars).

Gold crowns are a good choice for many situations, but in some cases a porcelain tooth colored crown may be a better choice especially if the crown will be visible.  Your Cumming Dentist can help you choose the best dental crown material for your situation.

Posted on behalf of Nukoa Family Dentistry




Porcelain Crowns

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Porcelain crowns are usually used to repair teeth that have large older fillings, large areas of decay, on top of a dental implant, or have been treated with a root canal. While porcelain crowns are typically used for the front teeth, they can also be placed on the back teeth as well and are often used instead of other materials that may be less aesthetic. Porcelain dental crowns allow dental patients to laugh and smile without metal restorations showing.

Each porcelain crown is carefully matched so that its shade is the same color as the surrounding teeth. The color of a porcelain crown is permanent, so if you’re consider whitening, you ought to do so before having your crown made so that it will match the rest of your teeth. You will work with your dentist using a shade guide in natural lighting to choose the color that has the most natural appearance in your mouth. If you need several different crowns it is best to have them made all at the same time, so the dental laboratory can make the colorations as identical as possible.

There are three types of porcelain crowns. One is an all-porcelain crown that is made of the ceramic material through-and-through. The second type is the most common, and is a porcelain-fused-to-metal base crown. The last type of porcelain crown is a porcelain-faced crown, where only one side of the crown is porcelain (the side that shows when you smile) and the rest of the surfaces are metal.

Tooth colored porcelain crowns are beneficial because they appear as a natural tooth. Most people find it difficult to differentiate the appearances between a natural tooth and a dental crown.

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