California is known for its gold - glowing sunsets, golden coastlines, sparking chardonnays, and the famous gold rush of 1849. Patients of Dr. Mark A. Cruz, DDS know about another priceless golden benefit - oral health.
Dr. Cruz takes a unique approach to dentistry, one that centers on the needs of each patient. A focus on prevention, early detection of dental problems, and the most conservative and longest-lasting restoration methods available keeps his patients looking great and feeling their best. He is one of only a few dentists in the Orange County area who provides the value of gold restorations to patients.
Gold has been used in dentistry for more than 2,500 years, and we continue to find new applications. Let's look at some misconceptions to get a clearer picture of gold's worth in the hands of a dentist trained in using it.
- Gold is expensive. False! Fluctuations in the price of the raw material are, of course, reflected in the cost of dentistry. However, since only a small amount of gold is needed for most restorations, the upfront cost is comparable to other materials. In addition, gold is very strong and durable. When gold restorations are expertly formed, properly placed, and receive good oral hygiene, they typically last longer than amalgam, ceramic, or porcelain. That makes gold a cost effective option in the long term.
- Gold restorations are ugly. False! While an obvious gold tooth was once a sign of stature in our country, it's true that most patients no longer want a metal restoration on a noticeable front tooth. However, gold is very appropriate and unobtrusive on posterior teeth. Because gold is non-reactive (won't tarnish), it stays sparkly and attractive.
- Many people are allergic to gold. False! The word "biocompatible" describes a material that will not harm human tissues. Gold is one of the most biocompatible materials in dentistry. Only a tiny percentage of our population is allergic to gold. Most people who think they have a reaction to gold are actually allergic to nickel, which is used in many gold alloys for jewelry. Because gold expands and contracts at the same rate as tooth enamel and has a similar density, it is kind to restored teeth and opposing ones.
- Gold can only be used for crowns. False! Gold is appropriate for full crowns, inlays and onlays (sometimes called partial crowns), and fillings. Because it is one of the most malleable dental materials, restorations are conservative. That means less of your tooth structure has to be removed to allow the restoration to fit snugly. It also means better longevity and less risk of tooth breakage.
When you're ready for a dental experience that shines like a nugget of pure gold, contact Dr. Mark A. Cruz, DDS at (949) 661-1006.