The Gold Standard: A Comprehensive Guide to Gold Dental Crowns

What Are Gold Dental Crowns?

Gold dental crowns are a popular dental restoration option for back teeth where strength and durability are a priority. Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills has created a comprehensive guide for gold dental crowns, so you can ensure that the treatment you pick is the best one for your oral health needs. 

What Are They Made Of?

Gold crowns are made from a mixture of gold and other metals. Gold is known for its strength and durability, making it an ideal choice for back teeth. The other metals used in gold crowns are typically a type of alloy, such as palladium or copper, which are mixed with gold to provide additional strength and durability.

gold dental crown being placed on a damaged tooth

The Gold Crown Procedure

The procedure for placing a gold dental crown typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be treated using a local anesthetic. They’ll then remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it to make room for the crown.
  2. Impressions: The dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth, as well as the surrounding teeth, using a dental putty or digital scanner. This impression will be used to create a custom-fit crown.
  3. Fabrication: The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be fabricated. It usually takes around one to two weeks to fabricate the crown.
  4. Temporary crown: In the meantime, the dentist will place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.
  5. Placement: Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one on the prepared tooth. They’ll then adjust the crown for a proper fit and bite.
  6. Cementation: The dentist will then use dental cement to secure the crown in place. They’ll check the bite and may make any necessary adjustments.
  7. Follow-up: The patient will be given instructions on how to care for the new crown, including what to eat and drink and how to maintain good oral hygiene. The patient will return to the dentist for a follow-up appointment to ensure the crown is functioning properly.

Gold crowns are typically used on back teeth (molars and premolars) as they are more resistant to wear and tear than other types of crowns.

Caring for Your Gold Crown

After receiving a gold crown, it’s essential to take care of your teeth to ensure that the crown lasts as long as possible. Here are some aftercare tips:

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • If you experience any pain or sensitivity, contact your dentist immediately.
  • Avoid biting on hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours after the crown is placed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Dental Crowns

Schedule Your Appointment 

If you need a dental crown, consider choosing Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles for your treatment. With Dr. Fredericks and the team at Southern Cal Smiles, you can trust that you’ll receive top-notch care and attention throughout the entire process. Don’t wait any longer to restore your smile and protect your damaged or decayed tooth, schedule your appointment with Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles today!