Gold Restorations in Portland, OR
Dr. Klingensmith believes that all of her patients deserve a diverse array of treatment options. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dental care, which is why we offer so many great dental restoration options. One of the best dental restoration materials, both historically and today, is gold. Gold has a proven record of being long-lasting, hard-working, and beautiful when used as a dental restoration material.
What is a dental restoration?
A restoration is a term used to describe a dental filling, or a dental inlay or onlay. When your tooth suffers from an infection, also known as a cavity, we will remove the infection using a special dental drill. Once the cavity has been removed from your tooth, we will need to fill in the parts of the tooth that have been removed to restore the structural integrity of the tooth. There are a few different materials that we use to accomplish this, and we will use them depending on what the patient wants to achieve.
Direct Vs. Indirect Dental Restorations
A filling is what is known as a direct dental restoration because it is applied to the tooth directly and molded after it is placed in the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings and amalgam fillings are examples of direct dental restorations.
Inlays and onlays are examples of indirect dental restorations. They are crafted in a dental lab to meet the exact measurements of the tooth and are placed onto the tooth as a finished product after the tooth has been prepared.
To understand the difference between an inlay and an onlay, it is first essential to understand what the cusp of a tooth is. A cusp describes, “An occlusal or Incisal eminence on a tooth.” In plain English, this means that a cusp describes a point of a tooth. Some teeth, like the canines, only have a single cusp, others, like the molars, have many cusps. The difference between an inlay and an onlay is this: Inlays are made to restore less than one cusp of a tooth, whereas an onlays are made to restore more than one cusp of a tooth.
Gold Dental Restorations
Historically, gold is one of the most successful dental restoration materials in human history. Gold has been a top choice for dental restorations for a few reasons. It is a soft metal, so it’s easier to melt and cast into the correct shape for restorations. It’s long lasting because it does not corrode or have issues with breaking down. It is quite rare that a person is allergic to gold. Gold also shares a very similar feel to that of the enamel on your teeth. Those who have had gold restorations placed often say that they can’t tell the difference in feel between their natural teeth and the gold restorations. It is easily the longest lasting of any dental restoration material, which is incredibly valuable considering amalgam and composite fillings usually need to be replaced after a decade or two.
Carol Klingensmith, DMD
511 SW 10th Ave #902,
Portland, OR 79101-3349
Phone: (503) 822-0262
Fax: (503) 220-4183