Should you choose gold restorations in Greenwood, SC?
Full mouth reconstruction is highly individualized, and it usually involves several procedures. It is more than a cosmetic smile makeover; it is the process of restoring health, functionality, and aesthetics. Dr. Chris Griffin will take the time to listen to your concerns, goals, and priorities. He will clearly explain your options, discussing the advantages and disadvantages. Many patients are surprised to learn that Dr. Griffin highly recommends gold restorations.
Uses of gold
Traditionally, gold was used in fillings and dental crowns. Today we also have inlays and onlays, which are conservative alternatives to crowns in many cases. They are custom made to fit the cavity, and gold retains its strength even if it is very thin, so the healthy portion of the tooth is preserved. This is in contrast to porcelain restorations which require more reduction to achieve similar strength.
Advantages of gold
The overall popularity of gold has declined in recent years with the rise of cosmetic dentistry and tooth-colored restorations. Despite the advances in aesthetic materials, gold remains superior in strength and longevity. It is also gentler to your other teeth. According to a study by the University of Florida (published in Operative Dentistry in 1993) the average lifespan of a gold dental restoration is over 18 years, with some lasting more than 40 years.
Depending on the size and location of the restoration, the gold may not be visible. Your back teeth, where the strength of gold is most important, do not show when you smile. Fillings, inlays, and onlays made of gold are small, and do not always include the visible surface of the tooth. For visible restorations, the aesthetic aspect is a matter of opinion. Some patients like the look of gold, and some prefer the natural look or porcelain.
What is right for you?
Only you can make this decision. Dr. Griffin will provide information, advice, and guidance but the choice depends on your preference and priorities. Many patients choose a combination, with porcelain restorations on visible teeth, and gold in more discreet areas. With modern dentistry techniques and improved fabrication technology, the strength and durability of porcelain restorations have improved greatly in recent years.
We offer a wide variety of excellent options to ensure that we have the best solution for you. Dr. Griffin will work with you, to find the best solution to meet your goals, and he will never compromise your oral health. If you are ready to end painful, embarrassing, and inconvenient dental problems, call us today at (864) 229-2610 and schedule your consultation.