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Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Location Santa Clara, CA

Porcelain and Gold Crowns


Dental Crown from Kenneth G. Wallis, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry dentist office
Your teeth do a lot for you every day. In return, you do your best to take care of them. However, sometimes, accidents happen. Your tooth might be chipped or cracked. When your tooth is compromised or weakened in any way, it is at risk for further damage and infection. At Kenneth G. Wallis DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can repair your damaged tooth and protect it from further harm with porcelain and gold crowns.

Protective Caps for Your Teeth


A crown is essentially a “cap” for your tooth that covers the entire visible portion. It provides support, holds your tooth together and protects it, all at the same time. A crown allows for your natural tooth to stay in its socket, avoiding an extraction and the need to replace a missing tooth.

Crowns are used in a variety of different situations:
•  You have a cracked or chipped tooth.
•  A tooth has a large filling in it that could potentially cause the tooth to shatter.
•  A tooth has been affected by excessive wear (often as a result of grinding).
•  You have undergone a root canal treatment.

Porcelain Crowns


Porcelain crowns are available in two different options—porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and solid porcelain. Both are designed to mimic the color and sheen of your natural teeth, providing both a functional and aesthetic purpose. PFM crowns offer some strength as a result of their metal base, with the added aesthetic benefit of the porcelain on top. However, with these crowns, a thin metal line often shows through the porcelain, giving it away. Complete porcelain crowns offer superior aesthetics.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Porcelain


Benefits of porcelain include:
•  Mimic the natural teeth.
•  Provide you with a healthy, beautiful smile.
•  Can withstand normal biting and chewing forces, making the material good for teeth closer to the front of the mouth.

Despite the benefits, porcelain also has some drawbacks:
•  Faint metal line of PFM crowns gives them away.
•  Not as strong as metal alone (porcelain can chip).
•  Not good for teeth at the back of the mouth, or for those who suffer from bruxism.
•  More expensive than metal.

Gold Crowns


Gold crowns have been used for decades as a restorative option. It is known for its superior strength. It is also known for its obvious color. Despite the color, gold crowns are still one of the most popular options available.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Gold


Gold crowns offer several benefits:
•  Superior strength.
•  Do not wear easily, and never fracture.
•  Can handle even exceptionally hard bite forces (and can handle the pressures of grinding).
•  Requires the least amount of enamel to be removed (when compared to other types of crowns).

Gold crowns also have a few drawbacks:
•  Highly visible, even at the back of the mouth.
•  Because they are easily seen (no matter where they are), gold crowns are not considered to be aesthetically pleasing.

If you have a damaged tooth, treatment is necessary to prevent serious complications. Contact Kenneth G. Wallis DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (408) 248-6777 to schedule an appointment and find out if a porcelain or gold crown is right for you.

Location
265 Crestview Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95050-6503

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm

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265 Crestview Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050
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