Gold dental restorations are strong, and unlike some harder crown materials, gold restorations do not wear down other teeth. Gold is an excellent material for strength, longevity and tooth wear.
The dental crown replaces the top of the entire tooth. A dental onlay covers part of the top of the tooth being restored and is also available in gold.
Advantages of Gold dental restorations
- Gold is ideal for the back teeth where it is least visible and truly the longest lasting of all filling materials
- Gold is similar to tooth structure in hardness, and in the way it expands and contracts
- Gold restorations also do not wear down other teeth they contact, unlike harder restoration materials like ceramic
- Gold restorations are inert and do not tarnish
- Gold restorations historically last the longest and better conserve precious tooth structure
- Gold restorations typically require less removal of the area to be restored, preserving more of the tooth than other restorations
- Provides better distribution of biting force; for an endodontically treated tooth there will be less chance of breakage from normal functional forces
Disadvantage of gold dental restorations
- There are very few disadvantages; a gold dental restoration is not aesthetically pleasing to look at in a person's mouth and therefor is usually reserved for the back of the mouth and other less visible locations.
Most dentists would agree that gold is the best restoration material.
Porcelain fused to gold dental crowns offers an aesthetically pleasing appearance and increased strength over an all-ceramic dental crown.
Dr. Clausen is highly experienced and skilled in using gold inlays, onlays, and crowns and is proud to provide his patients with conservative and lasting restorations.
Call Gentle Family Dentistry today to make your appointment!