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:
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:
Despite the benefits, porcelain also has some drawbacks:
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:
Gold crowns also have a few drawbacks:
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.