Question: Why will some dentists cover a tooth with gold, even if it is a totally healthy tooth? This seems to be more prevalent on the front teeth – or is at least more noticeable there. In some cases it is not only one tooth, but several that are covered in gold. Aside from the fact that I believe it is unnecessary for the health of the tooth, it must be very expensive. Why would a dentist carry out such a procedure?

Answer: The gold you see on the tooth is actually a cap or crown. This is done by a Seattle dentist to rebuild a damaged tooth. It only appears that there is gold around the edges of a healthy tooth because the gold has a window that exposes a portion of the tooth, or a portion of the crown is made of acrylic, which is white.

This kind of crown is more common in other parts of the world, such as South America and Mexico. This is the reason you may have noticed that many of the people with this type of tooth repair are dark skinned, but some Caucasians and Hispanics also have these types of crowns.

In most cases, patients with these types of crowns would rather not have a dentist alter them. The procedure entails removal of the existing crown and replacement with a new one. In addition, to most of these people, gold in their teeth is a sign of attractiveness and status, even if it isn’t to you.