Gold dental fillings are a less commonly seen, though exceptionally good material option when having teeth restored following decay or breakage. In fact, gold is the best material for filling and restoring teeth, its texture and density most resembles your natural enamel. Gold also fills the tooth better and more accurately than other filling material. Today, it is mainly used for teeth that have limited space and in cases when the patient suffers from continuing bruxism. At Carol Klingensmith, DMD, we can review your needs and make recommendations based on them, including the use of gold dental fillings.
Gold Filling Material
At Carol Klingensmith, DMD, we love using gold fillings for our patients, it is one of the most durable materials we have in dentistry. Gold provides a texture that works well with surrounding teeth, it’s not too hard against the enamel of other teeth, other materials can cause unnecessary wear. There is less tooth reduction of the natural tooth structure as compared to a porcelain or ceramic restoration, and the gold cannot fracture. Patients love gold restorations because fillings and prosthetics such as crowns and partial crowns such as inlays, onlays or 3/4 crowns have an extended life of many more years. In fact, if the placement of the restoration is not a concern for aesthetics, for instance, if it is a back molar, then gold is a wonderful choice.
To be clear, the phrase ‘gold filling’ in dentistry does not refer to pure gold, but to an alloy that contains gold. Gold fillings contain approximately 75% gold and 25% other metal. The alloy is a blend of multiple metals, including gold, along with copper, platinum, silver, palladium, and zinc. This blend is atomically bonded together and provides a durable product.
Besides the very common gold alloy used, there are less often exceptions when direct gold fillings are used. Direct gold fillings use pure gold. This process includes the use of condensed fine sheets of gold that are placed into your tooth and then welded together. This is often not the best choice, as they are less durable and strong without the addition of other metal. Direct gold fillings are also considerably higher in cost.
Patients love gold alloy fillings because they are very durable, in most cases, they last our patients typically between 10 and 15 years. Gold fillings are often more expensive than other filling materials and can take more time in the setting. Dr. Carol Klingensmith will review your specific tooth, and how it became damaged, and review your best option for you. Patients who suffer from bruxism, which includes the clenching or grinding of their teeth while they sleep, may find that gold fillings can be less damaging to their neighboring teeth than harsher materials such as amalgam or composite quartz fillings.
We Have Gold Fillings
Our team at Carol Klingensmith, DMD have a variety of options for restoring, repairing, and strengthening your teeth. Dr. Carol Klingensmith can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. For more information, contact our Portland office at: (503) 822-0262
Carol Klingensmith, DMD
511 SW 10th Ave #902,
Portland, OR 79101-3349
Phone: (503) 822-0262
Fax: (503) 220-4183