We perform gold inlays and onlays in our dental surgery, gold is considered to be one of the best restorative materials ever used in dentistry. Following lists the good and bad of gold fillings.
- The gold fillings will never break or fracture when properly done.
- Gold Will Not Exhibit Marginal Wear of the Material Itself.
- The gold maintains marginal integrity even after many years of function.
- Gold Has a Coefficient of Expansion Similar to Tooth Structure.
- Gold Supports and Protects the Enamel Margins of the Tooth.
- Gold Can Provide Precise, Stable Anatomical Form.
- Gold Restorations Can Be Finished to a Very Smooth Surface.
- Gold Does Not Flow or Change Shape.
- Gold Does Not Absorb Oral Fluids Saliva.
- Gold Does Not Oxidize in the Mouth.
- Gold Does Not Produce Discoloration of the Tooth.
- Cast Gold Restorations Allow Good Tissue Health.
- Gold Restorations Do Not Abrade/damage the Opposing Dentition.
- There Is No Mercury in Gold Casting Alloys.
- Wear of the Gold Restoration Is Similar to Normal Wear of Tooth Structure.
- Gold Does Not Liberate Toxins.
- Gold Support Long-term Occlusal Function with Minimal Thickness.
- Gold Restorations Have Excellent Longevity, Gold castings are usually relatively permanent. We often see gold restorations that have been in service for 40 or 50 years. The permanence of gold fillings is the most obvious reason for their use. If there were a “lifetime” restoration, gold would be it.
- Gold is Not Tooth-coloured the gold inlay or onlay is obviously not tooth-coloured.
- Gold Restorations are More Expensive than Some Other Types of Fillings.
- It requires two appointments: one to prepare the cavity and a second to deliver.
- Gold Castings Require Considerable Care, Skill and Technique from the Operator
as with any dental procedure, the dentist must be trained to accomplish successful gold restorations.