Many dentists are moving towards using porcelain restorations exclusively. While porcelain is very strong, can bond directly to the tooth and is of course, most esthetic and natural looking-gold is another dental material that has many advantages. Gold is most often used on the posterior teeth, unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, gold will not oxidize and discolor teeth. In fact, gold is the most biocompatible material that can be used in the mouth. Gold has almost the same wear rate of natural tooth structure. The junction between gold and tooth are nearly imperceptible and this makes it far less likely to harbor plaque which contributes to better tissue health. Gold can be polished and finished to a higher degree than other materials, many people find the sensory acceptance of gold by the tongue and the feel of chewing is enhanced by the smoothness and anatomical replication of the missing tooth structure. Well placed gold restorations will last much longer than other filling materials used today. While porcelain is a great dental restorative material, it does have a brittle factor which can chip and crack over time.
At Mill Creek Dental we provide both porcelain and gold restorations. Dr. Chin is very proficient with both materials and is happy to discuss the pros and cons of both and which restoration may be most suitable for your particular tooth. Dr. Chin is a member of the Academy of R. V. Tucker Gold Study Club and likes to let her patients know that there are always different options for each individual and their particular restorative needs.