Dental crowns have long been used to repair issues with patients’ teeth. The procedure can be used in a number of ways to correct your smile, and Dr. Klayman and the team at Red Bank Smiles will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during the process. Before you sit in the chair to restore your smile, the correct dental crown material must be chosen. Crowns can be made of different materials depending on the use, each with its own benefits and circumstances. Brush up on each type so you know which material is right for you.
Gold Dental Crowns
Gold was one of the first materials used as a dental crown and is still one of the most popular types today. To save on costs, these crowns are not made entirely of gold, but rather a gold alloy, which includes other metals. At Red Bank Smiles, we strive to provide the best for our patients, which is why we use high noble alloy crowns. These crowns contain at least 60 percent of a high noble metal, such as gold, platinum, or palladium. If there are two or more high noble metals in the mixture, at least 40 percent of it must be gold.
Gold crowns are used primarily because of their durability, as they are extremely resistant to chips and breaks. Gold also withstands everyday wear, so if you grind your teeth or have a heavy bite, the crown will maintain its shape. The drawback of using gold crowns is their appearance. Gold understandably sticks out among the rest of your teeth and can draw unwanted attention. Because of this, gold dental crowns are usually placed on teeth in the back of the mouth, such as your molars.
If you are having an issue with a tooth in the front of your mouth, then a porcelain crown may be the route for you. The translucent shade of porcelain allows your crown to be shaped and colored to exactly match the appearance of your existing teeth. Porcelain is also used for patients who are allergic to metals.
There are some disadvantages to using porcelain crowns. For one, porcelain is not quite as strong as gold, so it may not last as long without needing a replacement. Placing a porcelain crown on a front tooth that experiences less stress from chewing will help extend its life. Another potential drawback of porcelain crowns is that customization may take more time to prepare. After meeting with Dr. Klayman to have a mold taken of your tooth, it may take a few weeks for the specialists to create a crown that matches the shape and color of your existing teeth.
Crowns for Any Situation
You don’t have to make the decision about which dental crown material to use by yourself. Before you have a crown installed, Dr. Klayman will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and provide a recommendation for the perfect crown for you. We utilize cutting-edge equipment and restorative methods to ensure that your dental issue is solved in a smooth and easy manner. To start the process of having a dental crown installed or to ask any questions you may have, please contact our office online.