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What is better--gold or porcelein crown?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Equal
They both are effective replacements for teeth.
Porcelain tends to be a little more expensive (although that might change with the increase in the cost of gold) and is used for teeth that might show in the front of the mouth. Gold, which is easier to fabricate, is used more towards the rear of the mouth.

In brief: Equal
They both are effective replacements for teeth.
Porcelain tends to be a little more expensive (although that might change with the increase in the cost of gold) and is used for teeth that might show in the front of the mouth. Gold, which is easier to fabricate, is used more towards the rear of the mouth.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jake Richards
Currently Gold crowns do cost more because of the lab costs but they are more durable than porcelain. They both have their place
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Gold crown
This answer is based on longevity.
The best marginal fit, wear, and longevity of the restoration is a full gold crown. However, most patients prefer the natural looking crown. A compromise is the porcelain fused to gold crown.

In brief: Gold crown
This answer is based on longevity.
The best marginal fit, wear, and longevity of the restoration is a full gold crown. However, most patients prefer the natural looking crown. A compromise is the porcelain fused to gold crown.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It depends.
Gold has been used for a long time in dentistry & is very similar in hardness to natural tooth structure.
Porcelain is very hard & glass-like and could potentially abrade the opposing natural tooth more so than a gold crown. I generally tell my patients that they should have similar material opposing each other. I would never recommend a gold crown for a tooth in the front though. Gold is also $$$.

In brief: It depends.
Gold has been used for a long time in dentistry & is very similar in hardness to natural tooth structure.
Porcelain is very hard & glass-like and could potentially abrade the opposing natural tooth more so than a gold crown. I generally tell my patients that they should have similar material opposing each other. I would never recommend a gold crown for a tooth in the front though. Gold is also $$$.
Dr. Stanley Siu
Dr. Stanley Siu
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In brief: Depends on situation
In almost all western nations, a "tooth colored" tooth would be preferred in the esthetic zone, a gold crown strictly in terms of function would work well any where, especially om the molar teeth.
I would expect that if you polled American dentists, most would prefer a gold crown to restore a posterior molar, although new "Bruxier" crowns are becoming very popular and show promise to be as strong

In brief: Depends on situation
In almost all western nations, a "tooth colored" tooth would be preferred in the esthetic zone, a gold crown strictly in terms of function would work well any where, especially om the molar teeth.
I would expect that if you polled American dentists, most would prefer a gold crown to restore a posterior molar, although new "Bruxier" crowns are becoming very popular and show promise to be as strong
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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