Crowns & Bridges
Crowns can be made from ceramic (porcelain), metal (gold) or both. Porcelain crowns can be made to match you existing teeth very closely and are used in all areas and always at the front of the mouth. Crowns are used to improve the appearance of front teeth or to reinforce severely damaged teeth, this reinforcement is most commonly needed on back teeth.
All metal crowns are made from a high gold content alloy. These are very hard wearing and can be used at the back of the mouth where chewing forces are the greatest. Gold crowns will outlast porcelain crowns at the back of the mouth because the porcelain eventually wears down and may fracture. The worn porcelain surface is very abrasive and can accelerate wear of the opposing teeth. Gold crowns, although not very aesthetic have none of these problems. We will always discuss what type of crown is best with our patients before embarking on treatment.
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