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Top 8 Myths about Dental Implants and Gold Crowns

Dental implants with gold crowns are great options for people who are either missing teeth or need tooth replacements. Dental implants are common in dentistry -- they are fake, realistic-looking teeth that are anchored into the jaw. Most dental implants have porcelain teeth, but gold crown implants are more durable and last longer. Dentists often recommend gold crown dental implants for rear teeth because they clearly don't look natural. However, some people prefer for their gold crowns to be visible. Is your dentist recommending dental implants, and you're not sure which option to choose? Read on to dispel eight myths about dental implants and gold crowns that could help with your decision.

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MYTH: Gold crowns can get damaged because gold is a soft metal.

Gold crowns are the most durable crowns available, especially when compared to porcelain crowns. That said, porcelain crows are also durable. Any combination of dental implant and crown is going to be more durable than a set of dentures.

MYTH: Dentists usually prefer porcelain crowns.

Actually, most dentists who get tooth implants and/or crowns usually get gold crowns because of how much more durable they are. This is especially true among the back teeth.

MYTH: Dental implants with gold crowns require special care.

Dental implants behave just like regular teeth and don't need any special maintenance, even if you have gold crowns. That's what makes dental implants so incredible.

MYTH: Gold crowns are more expensive than porcelain crowns.

Gold crowns are actually the least-expensive type of dental implant. Most upper-end gold crowns cost about as much as base-level porcelain crowns. More expensive gold crowns are made with higher-quality gold and they do last longer, but patients who get gold crowns will almost always save money.

MYTH: A gold crown on a dental implant can last for years, but not decades.

Think a gold crown on a dental implant can't last at least 10 years? You'd better think again. Gold crowns can last up to 50 years before needing to be replaced. Most people don't need crowns until they're older, which means most wearers will be outlived by their crowns.

MYTH: Gold crowns can't be worn on front-facing teeth without not looking right.

Do you need a crown on a more visible tooth, and you're afraid gold crowns would look too unnatural? If so, that doesn't mean gold crowns are out of the equation. Gold crowns can be fitted with porcelain facings on their outward sides to give them more natural appearances. This is a good option for people who want the aesthetic of porcelain with the durability of gold.

MYTH: Dental plans won't pay for dental implants or gold crowns.

Dental insurance companies often don't cover dental implants or crowns, but dental plans usually do. Dental plans are fundamentally different in how they set up, generally providing an allowance to be spent on dental care. You'll have to carefully evaluate different dental plans to find one with the benefits you need.

MYTH: Gold crowns don't feel like normal teeth.

Gold crowns actually feel more natural than other types of crowns, which is a big reason why people choose gold crowns on their dental implants.