Crowns work well for teeth considerably broken down from either old failing restorations, decay, or broken off tooth structures. They cover the remaining tooth and restore the shape and function. They provide an excellent restoration.
All gold crowns work very well in restoring back teeth where esthetics is not a concern. They function very well and are about the same hardness as natural teeth. For people who grind their teeth, these work better than porcelain. The biggest disadvantage of all gold crowns it that they look “gold”.
Porcelain fused to gold crowns allows for a more esthetic restoration that is also very strong. They can be made to match the other teeth reasonably well.
All ceramic crowns can be very esthetic and the newer materials are quiet strong. They are best suited for teeth in the esthetic zones of a person’s mouth. They can, if needed, be used in higher stress areas like back teeth. They are not as strong as porcelain fused to gold or all gold crowns.
When restoring your tooth with a crown, the existing tooth is cleaned and reshaped. An impression is then taken followed by a temporary crown. The temporary crown will work and look reasonably well while the real crown is made in the dental laboratory. At your next appointment the real crown will be cemented onto your existing tooth.