Gold in Dentistry
Humans have used gold in dentistry for more than 4000 years. Gold crowns, inlays, and onlays are without question the longest lasting dental restorations available. Dr. Alford has an extreme passion for gold in dentistry.
"I love to think that a gold crown I do for a patient today can literally outlive me. Dentists choose gold for their own teeth and in the right situation the esthetic drawbacks can be overcome and nobody will know you have gold in your mouth" - Dr. Alford
Why does gold last longer?
Gold is very biocompatible. It has a hardness almost identical to the enamel of your other teeth so it plays well with the teeth next to and teeth it chews against.
The biggest and most important reason gold lasts longer is the gap between the crown and your natural tooth. Dentist obsess about this area and call it the 'margin'. Because of the physical ability of gold to be annealed or pushed against your tooth the gap or margin is the smallest of any dental restoration.