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Gold has been valued for its use in Dentistry since the time of Ancient Egyptians.

Crown & Bridge Work

Bridges

Clay Model of Tooth Bridge Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Bridge Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Bridge Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Bridge Before & After

A bridge is a fixed method of replacing a missing tooth by using the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth as support for a replacement tooth.

Bridges can be used cosmetically to hide gaps and/or replace teeth that have been removed and are important to the bite to replace (i.e to stop the teeth drifting and bite changes).

Crowns

Clay Model of Tooth Crown Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Crown Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Crown Before & After
Clay Model of Tooth Crown Before & After

A crown is designed to reinforce a tooth by placing a cap directly over the tooth.

Crowns are more stronger than veneers and are used to change the shape, colour and appearance of teeth. Because of their superior strength, crowns are also used to reinforce teeth that have large fillings in them, or hold teeth together that have cracks in them.

Alternatives to root canal treatment

In our practice bridges are our usual way of replacing dead teeth as an alternative to root canal treatment.

Conventional bridges have metal framework underneath the porcelain. If we use porcelain/gold bridges we like to use the high gold alloys which are approximately 18 carat. These alloys are rarely allergic. Many dentists use ‘gold’ that is 2% gold and has other metals such as palladium, copper, zinc, gallium, ribidium, germanium frequently these test as poorly compatible.

The high gold alloys are approximately 80% gold, 20% platinum & palladium which seem to be more biocompatible.

We use implants mostly as a second choice behind bridgework. It is also well established that the joints in implants contain and leak endotoxin. Should a patient wish to have an implant placed we do so on the basis that titanium becomes the only metal in the mouth and this does not set up the battery effect.

On a personal note, I would much prefer an implant to a root canalled tooth and I have replaced my dead teeth with a bridge. I see that a dead tooth is the worst option, a non-metal bridge the best and the implant option lying somewhere in-between.

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