When people are getting dental work done, they tend to favour porcelain crowns over gold crowns. Porcelain crowns mimic the natural colour of your teeth, which effectively hides any restorative dental work.
Porcelain is also the preferred material for dental crown bridges. Bridges anchor multiple tooth prosthetics in the jaw and help cover missing teeth. For single tooth crowns, however, gold is still a relatively common material, especially if applied to the molars.
With the popularity of perfectly straight, ‘Hollywood’ smiles, it can be difficult to imagine why the gold crown hasn’t yet been phased out completely.
The Strength and Durability of Gold
Perhaps the simplest answer as to why gold crowns have not entirely disappeared from modern dentistry is the fact that they are exceptionally durable. Gold crowns can last anywhere between 20 to 50 years with proper care — they stay there for the rest of the patient’s life.
Gold is also highly biocompatible and produces no unpleasant flavour or scent. Since gold offers exceptional performance, some dental laboratories even bond ceramics to gold crowns. This method allows the patient to enjoy the benefits of wearing a hard-wearing gold crown but covered with tooth coloured porcelain to help it blend in with the natural teeth.
It is Still Fashionable in Some Circles
Back in 2013, gold teeth and jewelled mouthpieces called ‘grillz’ were all the rage. Though they were popular with rappers and hip hop artists, various A-list celebrities began adopting the look themselves. Gold is still highly attractive to many people, and some simply enjoy displaying their golden teeth.
While “grillz” were mostly temporary, golden teeth were much more permanent. In some countries, gold teeth were even a symbol of wealth, most notably among the people of Tajikistan.
Gold dental crowns will not likely be phased out anytime soon. Even if we discover a material that performs as well as gold, there will still be those who think it is beautiful.