Gold fillings, also known as gold inlays or onlays, are a type of dental restoration used to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They’re made from a mixture of gold and other metals, such as silver, copper, and platinum, to create a durable and long-lasting dental filling material. Gold fillings are known for their unique properties and have been used in dentistry for many years.
Several benefits can be enjoyed due to gold fillings, including:
Just like other treatments, gold fillings have some disadvantages as well, including:
Your dentist will assess the extent of tooth damage and determine if a gold filling is the best option. If so, your custom treatment plan will be created.
The dentist will numb the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure. The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed using dental instruments, leaving behind a clean and prepared cavity. They’ll shape the cavity to allow for the proper placement of the gold filling.
An impression of the prepared tooth is taken to create a custom-fitted gold filling.
The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will create the gold filling. The filling is fabricated to match the specific contours and dimensions of the prepared tooth.
Once the gold filling is ready, you’ll return to the dentist’s office for placement. The dentist will ensure that the gold filling fits perfectly into the prepared cavity. They’ll apply dental cement to the interior of the cavity and the filling. Then, the filling is carefully placed into the cavity and cemented securely in place.
After the gold filling is cemented, any excess cement is removed. Your dentist will check your bite to ensure that it feels natural and comfortable. The filling is polished to ensure a smooth surface and a comfortable bite. Then, any final adjustments are made as needed to ensure proper alignment and function.
Gold fillings range between $250 to $2,000 without insurance. The price will fluctuate depending on the market value of gold. Other factors, including the size of the filling and the location of the damaged tooth, will also influence the total cost.
Yes, gold fillings are considered safe and have been used for many decades without significant issues.
While possible, the aesthetic concerns of a gold filling on a front tooth may lead to other options being preferred.
Yes, it’s possible to remove a gold filling, but it may require replacement with another restoration option.
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