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Crowns are very efficient dental restorations. They can cover a severely damaged or decayed tooth, or used to anchor a bridge. They cover the entire tooth right down to the gum line, and if properly cared for, a crown can last for many years.

Most people opt for porcelain crowns since they are durable and can be made to resemble natural teeth. However, some people may still opt for the well-known and often well-loved gold crown. People see gold crowns on rapper’s teeth and think that they are relatively new inventions. Actually, people were using gold crowns in Southeast Asia 4,000 years ago. So no matter how stylish you think a gold crown may be, somebody has already done it. But even since those days, gold crowns have always been fashion and status statements.

As our dentist, Dr. Jorge de la Osa can tell you, gold crowns do have their advantages. They protect a tooth very well. They are extremely strong and resistant to wear and tear and damage. Not as much tooth enamel needs to be removed to place a gold crown as opposed to others. Gold crowns are also very biocompatible.

Remember that no matter what type of crown you choose, its success relies on you. Crowns protect most of your tooth, but the tooth is still vulnerable to decay at the gum line. Also, if you develop gum disease, it could destabilize your crown. If you have a tooth that could use some protection, and you would like to find out if a gold crown would be right for you, call Sunshine Dental Group in El Monte, California, at 626.579.4274 today.