- Gold metal restoration
- Porcelain restoration
Cast restorations like this gold one (the beautiful glowing one on the left), involve drilling out the old materials and decay from the tooth, and taking a mould of the tooth. The tooth replica is then sent to the dental laboratory to make a dental onlay. The choice between gold and porcelain will be guided by your dentist, and the patientâ€™s personal preferences. When the onlay piece returns, the dentist will glue it into the hole. The cost for this type of restoration ranges from $900 to $1400, depending on complexity.
What are the advantages of gold? This page was written by a dentist to other student dentists, but it gives a glowing recommendation for gold cast fillings when considering longevity. Sixty years of life is outstanding for a dental restoration. Compare this to white, composite resin which is given a service life of approximately 5-7 years!