The Pros and Cons of Gold Dental Fillings

A number of patients insist on having gold dental fillings because of the benefits. Gold fillings are durable, valuable and don’t corrode despite normal wear and tear. However, golden fillings also come with some disadvantages. When deciding whether or not gold fillings are for you, consider the pros and cons.

Pros

The main advantage of gold fillings is durability. They can last anywhere from ten to fifteen years with proper care and maintenance. Unlike amalgam fillings, gold fillings also don’t corrode. This makes gold fillings a reliable, long-term solution for cavities.

Gold fillings also stay in place much longer. Resin and composite fillings are bonded to the tooth with cement that tends to wash out over time. That means you’re more likely to need a replacement if you choose resin or composite filling material.

Cons

Gold fillings are much more expensive than silver amalgam or composite resin. Gold is a precious metal with high market value. If you have gold lying around the house, ask your dentist if it can be melted and refashioned into dental fillings.

Gold fillings stand out from the rest of your teeth. You may want to choose tooth-colored composite resin for your front teeth and gold for the rest of your teeth. Resin can be matched exactly to the color of your natural teeth.

Gold fillings take longer to apply than amalgam or composite fillings—you need at least two appointments. On your first visit, the dentist takes teeth impressions and places a temporary filling. On the second visit, the temporary filling is taken out and replaced with the permanent gold filling.

Gold fillings can cause galvanic shock. This happens when a gold dental filling is placed next to a silver filling. The interaction of saliva with the metal fillings can create an electric current that may cause sharp pain in some patients.

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