Full cast restorations are a classic choice for dentists and patients around the world. Full casts have stood the test of time, offering a beautiful and durable choice for crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays. A full cast restoration is composed of a gold alloy that – when properly cared for – can last a lifetime. In fact, full cast restorations are not only a strong and long-lasting choice, but they are also highly biocompatible with the gums. Dental patients have been shown to accumulate far less plaque and harmful bacteria along the gum lines of full cast gold restorations than along the gum lines of natural teeth.
Did you know…
that people have been replacing or filling their teeth with gold for thousands of years? The metal is hard enough to form a long-lasting chewing surface, yet malleable enough to mold into a well-fit prosthetic. But durability and flexibility aren’t the only reasons gold has long been a popular choice for dental prosthetics. Gold restorations are also worn in some cultures, such as Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as a symbol of status and wealth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for full cast restorations?
If you need a crown or bridge, you are probably a candidate for full-cast restorations. The gold alloys are highly biocompatible and resistant to the plaque. However, full cast is not an option for you if you need a partial or suffer from metal allergies. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine whether full cast restorations are right for you.
What should I expect when being fit for a full cast restoration?
Your dentist will prepare your tooth for a crown or bridge before taking a wax mold of your teeth and bite. That mold will be sent to a dental lab, where a technician will carefully sculpt your prosthesis using high-quality gold alloys. The final restoration will be polished and returned to your dentist for permanent placement.
Will I need to follow any special instructions in caring for my full cast restorations?
Your new full cast restoration will stand the test of time. It will not corrode, nor are your gums likely to recede around your restoration. So long as you maintain good oral hygiene and continue to visit your dentist for periodic cleanings and exams, your restoration should last a lifetime.