Gold has been used in dentistry for oral repairs for more than 4,000 years. Today, dentists most commonly mix gold with other elements, such as palladium, nickel or chromium. In dentistry, the crown is a cap or a mask fitted over a section of a tooth that is damaged by:

  • Breaking
  • Decay of teeth
  • The Root Channel
  • A major filling

Dentists may also use a crown to enhance the appearance of discolored filling teeth or to keep a bridge or denture in position. Crowns can cover a tooth in whole or in part up to the gum line, depending on the function and health of the tooth. There are a variety of styles of crowns available today. Each of them has its own pros and cons. Here’s how to stack up:

Gold and gold alloys

 This raises the power of the crown and reduces the expenses.

Gold and gold alloy crowns can look silver or gold in color. This crowns rarely make a chip or split. They don’t wear quickly and need limited tooth removal. These crowns are very robust and will last for decades to come. But with their metallic appearance, gold alloys are the least natural crown element. Some people prefer to mount gold alloy crowns on molars that are out of reach.

Porcelain

Porcelain crowns are a common all-ceramic crown type. They’re the most normal choice, but they’re not as effective as any other kind of crowns. Since they look so real, porcelain crowns are more often used for the front teeth, which appear to be the most noticeable to others.

Porcelain bound to precious metal

Porcelain is bound to a foundation made of precious metal, such as gold. These crowns are very solid and regular. Although often the metal under the porcelain cap is clear as a dark line. These crowns have vulnerable spots that can chip or crack. They appear to wear the teeth in front of them. Most people prefer the crowns for the front or back teeth.

All-Ceramic

 An all-ceramic crown is sometimes made of zirconium dioxide, a solid element. It also suits very well the color of the surrounding teeth. People with metal allergies will wear this form of crown safely without the possibility of an adverse reaction. However, all-ceramic crowns are typically not as solid as porcelain crowns attached to precious metal. They can often wear more than metal or resin crowns on opposite teeth.

Pressed Ceramics

The ceramic crown is covered with porcelain but has a foundation made of some other form of ceramic, such as zirconium dioxide. It gives it more power than a ceramic crown. This makes the crown very robust while preserving the natural look of porcelain. These crowns seem to last longer than those made entirely of ceramic or porcelain.

All resin

All-resin crowns are made of a combination of non-toxic tooth-colored acrylic and glass beads. These are the most inexpensive crown options, but they are also simpler to wear than other styles of crowns. Compared to crowns made of porcelain bonded to precious metal, they are much more likely to break.

In certain instances, all-resin crowns are used as a temporary crown rather than a long-lasting, permanent crown.

Benefits of Gold Tooth Crowns

The biggest attribute of gold crowns is their longevity. Gold or other metal crowns are capable of withstanding massive quantities of chewing strain. Gold and bronze crowns are also very effective for those who have strong wear patterns on their teeth.

Owing to their longevity, they are less likely to break, snap or become brittle over time, which means that they are very cost-effective since repairs are rarely needed. In most cases, the only time you require a gold crown to be removed is when the tooth underneath has been susceptible (from trauma, injury or decay). Although the crown is unlikely to split, it can become loose over time, particularly if you suffer injury and eat hard foods that can weaken your tooth crown placement.

As far as neighboring teeth are concerned, golden crowns normally cause as much wear as a normal tooth might. This is especially helpful for people who grit their teeth daily or suffer from bruxism.

Side effects of gold tooth crowns

Side effects related to gold tooth crowns are very rare, although there are several instances when they can cause:

  • Swelling and redness
  • Lesions in your mouth
  • Allergic reactions of metals (specifically gold-nickel alloys)

Metal Allergy

Allergies are one of the major side effects of gold or silver crowns. Some may have moderate to serious metal allergies, and it’s crucial that you notify your dentist whether you have a metal allergy before you suggest gold crowns. Allergic reactions from metal-based alloys can involve dry mouth, scratching, flaking and, in more extreme situations, blistering.

Where are the gold tooth crowns normally placed?

Gold tooth crowns should be mounted on any tooth affected by decay, breakage or general trauma. In most cases, however, gold tooth crowns have been placed over molars at the back of the mouth since they are less conspicuous and thus more discreet. Gold crowns are seldom seen on the front teeth because they are much more visible. Porcelain crowns are becoming more common and can be used on any tooth as they are made to match your natural tooth color.