Gold dentistry provides a safe and effective way to repair damaged or decaying teeth without the risks of metal amalgam, and provides numerous benefits. At Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Chevy Chase and Gaithersburg, Maryland, you will receive care from The American Academy of Gold Foil Operator 2023's Clinician of The Year. Eric Morrison, DDS, provides several types of gold dental work, including gold foils, crowns, bridges, and onlays. Call Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry today to schedule a gold dentistry appointment, or book your visit online.
Gold dentistry is a restorative dentistry subspecialty that uses gold restorations to repair damaged and/or decaying permanent teeth. Gold is durable, long-lasting, and pliable. These characteristics make it ideal for filling cavities and repairing other common dental problems.
Gold doesn’t contain any mercury or other toxic substances, like traditional metal amalgam. It can also withstand the forces of biting and chewing, so you don’t have to worry about chips, cracks, or other similar damage.
The Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry team has more than 36 years of experience performing gold dentistry procedures. Their knowledge and expertise ensure the process is comfortable and pain-free.
The Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry team provides several types of gold dentistry, including:
A gold foil or filling repairs minor damage or decay affecting your tooth enamel. Gold fillings contain a mixture of gold foil and gold powder. When applied to weak or decaying tooth enamel, they restore your biting and chewing abilities and prevent further damage.
A gold crown is a custom dental restoration that envelops a severely decaying or damaged tooth. The crown restores your tooth’s shape, size, and appearance so you can bite and chew confidently.
A gold onlay is a dental restoration that covers the chewing surface of a damaged or decaying tooth. The onlay envelops the cusps (or bumps) on top of your tooth and extends to the sides to help hold it in position. Gold onlays and gold crowns are often confused, but they aren’t the same. A crown covers your entire tooth, while an onlay only covers some of it.
Maintaining the results of gold dentistry requires good dental hygiene. The Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry team recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
Gold restorations don’t require any special maintenance, but it’s good to avoid certain foods, like taffy and chewing gum. These candies can damage or weaken the gold and increase your risk of future complications. Gold restorations withstand hard and crunchy foods, but it’s still important to avoid bad habits, like nail-biting and chewing on ice cubes.
Call Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry today to schedule a gold dentistry appointment, or book your visit online.