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Dental Crowns in Los Angeles

Dental crowns are used to cover damaged or fractured teeth to help restore them to their normal shape and size, make them stronger, and improve their appearance. Dental crowns can help strengthen teeth with large fillings when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Teeth crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. Crowns are also a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. Porcelain crowns are also used to cover dental implants.

If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile more beautiful. Dentist use different materials for crowns. Each material has its own merits and demerits. Dentists as well as patients prefer different materials depending on their specific choices and needs.

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Gold Dental Crowns

Among the various materials, gold crowns have proven to be most effective in terms of functionality, resilience and a long life. Gold is the most bio-compatible material, so the dentists have traditionally preferred it to make crowns. Secondly, the malleability of gold is so good that it can easily take the exact shape of the tooth. Its reaction to hot and cold materials also matches closely with that of a natural tooth.

However, the downside of gold crowns is that they compromises the oral aesthetics because of their conspicuous color. Therefore, dentists generally prefer to use gold only for the back teeth that are not easily visible from the outside. But for the front teeth, gold is almost never considered for a crown.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Dental Crowns

The cosmetic limitation of gold has prompted dentists to experiment with other materials that may deliver the same functionality along with better aesthetics. A few decades ago, dentists began using porcelain fused to metal crowns. The metal served the purpose of providing the necessary base strength to the crowns and porcelain on top of it is used to hide the metal. Porcelain matches nicely with the natural teeth, so from a cosmetic perspective it appeared to be a good solution.

However, over time the metal beneath the porcelain would leak or become dark. It gave an unsightly look that defeated the whole purpose of a natural-looking dental crown.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Porcelain crown technology has improved greatly over the years. Now porcelain crowns can withstand the grinding pressure exerted by the teeth. Earlier, the porcelain crowns used to fail quickly, but now the superior grade porcelain materials are showing much better resilience. There are patients who have been using porcelain dental crowns for a number of years without trouble. Porcelain is aesthetically more superior for the teeth, which makes it an ideal choice for cosmetic dentistry.

By the end of the day, it is still a matter of personal taste and choice between gold and porcelain dental crowns. Gold is a natural element and no synthetic material has been able to replicate its natural qualities. Porcelain, on the other hand, has excellent cosmetic advantages, so for the front teeth, porcelain dental crowns are usually preferred over gold dental crowns by most patients.

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