Dental Crowns: A History of Gold

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Dental crowns come in numerous different materials, one of the more popular being gold. Because gold is a malleable material nearly insusceptible to corrosion, it makes a great oral material for replacing teeth. However, golden teeth have held different appeals throughout the years, and their suitability to replacing natural teeth is only one of the reasons they’ve been popular.

The practice of working with gold in dentistry can be traced to 2000 B.C. in Asia, where modifying teeth was considered attractive. Later, in the 16th-century Philippines, colonizing Spaniards found the locals had modified their chompers with gold; the Spaniards did not like this. At least in Asia, if not also in the Philippines, golden pearly whites were a signal of social status and elevation among the cultural elite.

In the US, golden pearly whites have also played a part as status-signifiers. Early American boxer Jack Johnson wore golden tooth caps to signal his accomplishment, and more recently, Mike Tyson (who idolized Johnson) wore golden tooth caps. Professional musicians such as Ludacris, Beyonce and Madonna have also worn golden and metal chompers as a fashion, in the form of “grillz.” Golden chompers are worn as a status symbol in many areas of the world today.

Regardless of whether you have golden crowns, porcelain crowns or no crowns, the staff at Pembroke Square Dental is ready to support you in amping up your oral health to make your chompers shine. Please call 954-437-6400 to set up your next appointment with Dr. Rafah Abdelmonem and their staff in Pembroke Pines, Florida.