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Gold Inlays and Onlays



Gold Onlays and Inlays on a tray in Portland, ORDental inlays and onlays can also be thought of as a partial crown. Instead of entirely encasing the tooth structure, inlays and onlays are designed to fill the portion of the damaged tooth using a customized firm material. There are a few different materials that can be used for an inlay or an onlay including, composite resin, porcelain, and gold. Gold is a highly sought after material due to its strength and matching consistency with your natural enamel. Unlike composite and porcelain, gold will never fracture, and it’s not held in with cement, so it is less likely to come loose. Our experts at Carol Klingensmith, DMD, along with Dr. Carol Klingensmith, can review the extent of damage to your tooth and help you decide the best option.

Some patients may like the gold color, and others may feel strong feelings against the gold color, but besides color, there are some very definite reasons that you should consider gold alloy. Gold has been found to be an excellent option for the restoration of teeth. Patients love it because:

•  Longevity:Gold fillings, including inlays and onlays, have been proven to have a long life. Most patients find that their gold fillings last 10-15 years, with many patients reporting up to 20 years, before needing replacement.
•  Durable:Golding fillings will never corrode, and never fracture. Unlike other materials, gold will not become brittle with age.
•  Accuracy:Gold material can be placed so accurately that we generally only need to remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth, unlike other filling materials where the correct space needs to be made.
•  Clean:Gold material does not absorb foods or liquids. It will not stain or alter in color, and it will not absorb the smells that are associated with foods and drinks. Often when removing other restorations there is a noticeable putrid smell and stained coloring.
•  Health:An common problem with other materials is shrinkage with time. Other materials can experience miniscule shrinkage around the edges, allowing places for bacteria to rest. Gold will not shrink, often assisting in keeping the tooth healthy.


Gold for Patients with Bruxism


Gold inlays and onlays are best for patients who suffer from continual bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of your teeth subconsciously, most often while you sleep. When a patient has a harder material filling their teeth, the clenching and grinding can cause severe damage to neighboring teeth. Gold is very equivalent in texture to your natural enamel, meaning less damage to neighboring teeth. Though, ultimately, we would want to assist you in discontinuing this problem, or designing a nightguard to protect your teeth.

Contact Us About Gold Inlays and Onlays


We can help you have stronger material that will last you longer, improving your overall oral health. We invite you to contact Carol Klingensmith, DMD at our Portland location for more information on gold inlays and onlays. We will exam your teeth and help you determine if gold is the right option for you. Contact us today at: (503) 822-0262
Carol Klingensmith, DMD
511 SW 10th Ave #902,
Portland, OR 79101-3349

Phone: (503) 822-0262
Fax: (503) 220-4183
Email: officemanager@klingensmithdmd.com


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