In this age of glitz and instant gratification, there is a tendency to overlook the tried and true, the long-lasting, and the dependable.
In dentistry, this is the case with gold. It has been used for four thousand years, and it is of such high quality that, in my office, we are willing to back these restorations with a lifetime warranty.
Types of Gold Fillings
There are two basic categories of gold fillings. Gold inlays are smaller and generally restore one or two surfaces of a tooth. Gold onlays are larger, and will cover larger parts of the chewing surface in order to strengthen weakened cusps.
Two gold inlays placed by Boca Raton dentists. Notice the precise fit of the gold to the tooth. Our perfectionism is what helps us be able to offer our lifetime warranty.
Most dentists place what many people call silver fillings. In actuality, these fillings have more mercury in them than silver and are more accurately called amalgam fillings. In recent years, people have been becoming more and more concerned over mercury, which is a highly toxic metal, being placed in their mouths. We place white composite fillings and gold fillings.
Advantages of Gold Fillings
It lasts so long that a gold restoration could be the last time you will ever need costly, destructive, annoying drilling and dental repair on the tooth that is being restored.
It has the best combination of fit, seal and wear over time, which prevents bacterial acid leakage and future decay.
It allows us to save the maximum amount of your remaining healthy tooth structure.
It is the longest lasting and therefore most permanent dental restorative material.
Gold does not wear down opposing natural teeth, as do other materials.
Silver fillings are not really silver but they are an amalgam of mercury and silver, with more mercury than silver. Many people worry about this because mercury is a toxic metal. Gold contains no mercury.
Gold has proven to be the purest, safest, and most bio-compatible material for use inside for the mouth. So if you’re one of those people who are becoming more and more concerned and aware of what you are putting into your bodies, you can rest assured that you have a safe, pure, hypo-allergenic, and highly effective long-term solution for dental repair.
Gold doesn’t make teeth dark or gray as other materials do.
It will not crack teeth.
They feel good and smooth in your mouth and they stay that way!
They are the easiest to clean. They resist plaque accumulation and will not tear dental floss. With gold restorations, flossing can be comfortable and easy. This advantage alone will do much for future decay and periodontal disease prevention.
They are your most cost-effective restoration because they last so long.
The shape, contours, contacts and bite of gold restorations are the best because they are precision custom-crafted for you under a microscope by the finest gold technicians.
They will not tarnish, oxidize, corrode, turn black or react with oral fluids as other materials do. They will always maintain their original brilliance and luster.
Gold restorations expand and contract to temperature changes the same as your natural tooth structure. This is important to maintaining their fit seal and is also what helps avoid tooth fracture.
Because of gold’s pliable yet durable nature, it will not break, chip or fracture.
They are the most kind and gentle to gum tissue, and therefore help to prevent gum irritation and inflammation and periodontal disease.
They can give you piece of mind, a strong “whole” feeling of not having to worry about what your next dental disaster is going to be.
They are compatible with esthetic and cosmetic handling of teeth and smiles. We can most often preserve most of the beauty of the white, natural enamel that shows when you smile while protecting the biting areas of the teeth with the strength and security of gold.
Well-fitting gold restorations have the least likelihood of re-decaying.
They can “bind a tooth together,” strengthening it to prevent further tooth fracture and relieve sensitivity from tiny tooth fractures.
They contain no bisphenol-A plastics or composites. These materials have been suggested to act like the female hormone estrogen, with possible subsequent health problems.
Porcelain from off-shore dental laboratories has been shown in some cases to contain lead, another toxic metal. There is no porcelain in gold.