We are here to talk to you about gold crowns, white tooth crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns, and diamond crowns. Okay, I may have made up diamond crowns, but there are many crowns variations. How do you know which dental crown is the best?
We tend to use some more than others, but you may be surprised which one we think is best at our Thrive Dental office in Allen, TX.
Gold crowns are the dental crowns that have been around the longest. They are fabricated from, you guessed it, gold! Who doesn't want a little more gold in their lives?! Gold is a very biocompatible material. When periodontists are uncovering teeth, and they need to bond something to the tooth so it will not aggravate your tissue, they will connect a gold chain to the tooth and cover it back up. The gold does not interact with the surrounding tissue, and your body heals up amazingly well.
Some people love having gold in their mouths, while others do not like the yellow look. The benefits of a gold crown are that the preparation for the dentist can be very minimal. Minimal preparation means less drilling on your teeth, which is an obvious plus. Gold is always very sturdy and can be contoured well to form to your tooth the best.
Gold is a fantastic product, and we would likely recommend this one over most other crowns for the back on your smile. The downfall is gold is costly at this time, and the color can be very off-putting.
Porcelain fused to Metal or PFM was the next step up to gold. It allowed dentists to get a good fit of the crown still while giving the esthetic options for the patients. PFM, if done well, can look very good and are relatively stable.
There are some issues with these, mainly being the quality varies a lot. You can use a base metal or a high noble metal. The base metal crowns are weak and tend to break while the high noble crowns are made with strong and more biocompatible metals that last longer. If getting this, ask your dentist what type of metal they will use as this will determine how good your PFM crown will be.
Emax Crowns are the latest and greatest. They are a fantastic blend of durability and esthetics. These dental crowns can last a long time and also look fantastic. They do not have the metal borders PFM teeth crowns have and are very lifelike in appearance. Emax crowns do contain any metal and, therefore, can be more translucent like your natural teeth.
Many people that you know probably have Emax dental crowns, and you don't even know it. The only downfall of these crowns as compared to say, a gold crown is that you need to prepare the tooth more. This preparation would mean a little more drilling on the tooth then if you were to get a gold crown. Keep in mind a lot of the time, due to large cavities. The dentist needs to drill the 2 mm necessary for the crown preparation anyway, so it may not matter.
There is a wide variety of dental crowns, but the main three are gold crowns, PFM dental crowns, and Emax tooth crowns. They are all excellent options, but if you are looking for an esthetic option that gives you the most durability and longevity, I would personally choose Emax crowns. They look amazing, last a long time, and have been around a while.
Thank you for reading this, and as always, if you have any questions, please email me at ThriveDentalAllen@Gmail.com and put "Question for Dr. Nate" in the title. Also, if you are in the Allen area, come check us out!
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