With the latest advancements in dentistry, gold inlays are still a great option for patients. Gold inlays are the restorations placed on the chewing surface of your back teeth. The gold is used for replacing only the portion of the tooth that has been earlier filled with another kind of filling material such as plastic resin or metal amalgam or has simply decayed.
The process for gold inlays is done over two appointments. In the first visit, the tooth cavity is cleaned out and prepared. A mould of the tooth and those opposing it in the other jaw will be taken and then sent to the laboratory to prepare the gold inlay. A temporary inlay will be applied so that you can chew normally while the permanent inlay is being created. Two weeks later the permanent gold inlay will be cemented into place and the bite will be checked.
Inlays or onlays are indirect dental restorations that are usually made with cast porcelain or gold. They are a better investment than regular fillings and they are durable and stronger. As cast inlays and onlays of gold or porcelain may last for several years longer than a regular filling, they are not then, a big investment. Regular fillings do not hold up and often need to be replaced causing the loss of tooth structure every time a new filling is needed. A gold inlay significantly lengthens the period between replacements.
For longevity, gold will beat other materials that are used in dentistry today and can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years and sometimes even 40 years. That is why we recommend gold for your teeth because it is still considered the best filling material, if you value the concept of minimally invasive dentistry.