Gold Dental Restorations in Orlando
In addition to tooth-colored fillings and all-porcelain crowns, Dr. Puig offers gold restorations. Gold is one of the oldest restoration materials in dentistry, because its low reactivity, high durability, and gentleness on opposite teeth make it an excellent choice.
Candidates for gold restorations
A gold restoration may be the right choice for you if:
The tooth to be crowned is a back molar
A porcelain crown is undesirable for any reason
The tooth opposite the damaged one is strong and healthy
Gold restorations are actually created from an alloy with platinum or other stronger metals to increase strength and durability. The crown is cast and refined to fit perfectly, then bonded in place using a special glass ionomer cement.
Benefits of gold restorations
There are several benefits of gold restorations over porcelain crowns.
Dr. Puig offers gold fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Contact us today to learn which choice is right for you!
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Low Reactivity. Gold is the most biocompatible material available today for dental treatment. This means that, in most cases, your body will not react to the presence of gold--it can coexist with your natural biochemistry. The other metals in the alloy are also chosen for their low reactivity. There are a small number of exceptions where a person is sensitive to gold, but in most cases, unless you have an allergy to the metals used, a gold filling will not cause a reaction.
Durability. In addition to its compatibility with the human body, gold is also resistant to staining and plaque, and doesn't oxidize. Because of gold's resistance to deterioration over time, gold crowns and fillings can last from 20 to 30 years in a healthy mouth. They are strong enough to endure biting and chewing, and are less prone to cracking than porcelain or resin restorations.
Compatibility. One of the biggest problems with porcelain crowns is that they are hard on the opposite teeth. Porcelain can wear down dental enamel over time, as it is harder than your natural tooth. Gold, on the other hand, is soft enough not to cause this type of damage. If you are concerned about what a restoration may do to your other teeth, gold may be the right material for you.
While gold offers many advantages as a material for dental restorations, it isn't perfect. Like other metals, gold conducts heat efficiently and may contribute to tooth sensitivity to temperature changes. Gold is also not tooth-colored, so it is rarely desirable for use in visible restorations. For back molars when there is concern about surrounding teeth, however, gold is still one of the most popular restoration materials.
Think a gold restoration might be best for your smile? Call our office or use this form to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Puig.
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