What are gold restorations?
Gold restorations are metal-based dental appliances used to restore teeth that are damaged or missing. Gold crowns, gold fillings, and gold inlays are some of the common forms of gold restorations.
Gold is a highly biocompatible material and is safe to use for dental restorations. It is resistant to corrosion and is resistant to wear and tear.
Benefits of gold restorations
While gold restorations aren’t as versatile as other materials, they can be a good option if you’re looking for a restoration that will withstand the test of time. There are a variety of reasons why patients choose gold restorations. Here are they:
- They are more durable than porcelain restorations, meaning that they will be more long-lasting. Gold is resistant to wear, fracture, and corrosion. Gold is also resistant to damage and staining, and patients do not have to worry about a replacement.
- Gold is also the most biocompatible of all metals. This means that gold will not irritate the soft tissue in your mouth or cause an allergic reaction.
- Gold restorations won’t permanently stain your teeth, unlike restorations made from other materials. Your teeth naturally absorb pigments from food and drinks. Over time, those pigments can build up, making your restorations look darker. Gold doesn’t absorb pigments, so your restorations won’t change color.
- Gold restorations also require less tooth structure to be removed than tooth-colored fillings.
How is a gold restoration performed?
During your first dental appointment, we will numb the area to be treated. Then, the dentist will remove the damaged or decayed portion of your tooth. Existing fillings, if any, are also removed. The dentist will carefully shape your remaining tooth structure, creating a perfect foundation for your new restoration. A temporary restoration will be placed on your tooth to protect it until the custom restoration is ready.
The dentist will then take an impression of your tooth. The impression will be sent to our dental lab, where your custom gold restoration will be fabricated. Once the gold restoration is ready, the patient will return for the second appointment, and the restoration is placed.
Are gold fillings safe?
When properly placed and cared for, gold restorations are completely safe and will not harm a patient’s teeth. Though gold restorations are more noticeable than tooth-colored fillings, patients who choose them do so because of the many benefits they offer. Gold fillings can last for a lifetime and are extremely durable.
Call our office and request an appointment with Dr. An today for your gold dental restorations.