Gold / Metal
Some dental crowns are made entirely of metal. In fact, on the NHS, dentists can only make all-metal crowns on your back teeth. Over the decades a variety of different metal alloys have been used in making dental crowns. The optimum metal dental crown is one made of gold, or more precisely a gold alloy. Some crowns are made of less expensive precious metals and are silver in colour rather than yellow like gold. These less expensive precious metal crowns are the types available on the NHS and do not match the properties of gold alloy crowns.
Having a gold dental crown made can be an excellent choice. Here are some reasons why:
Gold is a very workable metal. This characteristic helps a dentist to achieve a very precise fit with the crown, making it easier for you to keep it clean.
Since they are metal through and through, gold crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well. They will not chip. It would be uncharacteristic for a gold crown to break. Of all of the types of dental crowns, all gold crowns probably have the greatest potential for lasting the longest.
Although they are very strong, the wear rate of a gold crown is about the same as tooth enamel. This means that a gold dental crown won't create excessive wear on the teeth it opposes (the teeth it bites against).
Metal dental crowns are usually placed on those teeth that are not overly visible when a person smiles (i.e., molars). If you are considering a gold crown in as more visible position, take our advice on this point, before you give your dentist the go-ahead on making the crown check with a loved one first. They're the one who will be looking at your smile and your new dental crown the most. You may regret having a visible metal crown!