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Gold Medals or Gold Crowns?

Columbia Dental London Olympics Pic 1The London Olympic Games begins on July 27. It’s been quite a while since England has last hosted the Olympics; they hosted in 1948 and then 1908 before that. I, like many people, love the Olympics. I love the spirit and excitement of the Olympics; the athletes competing to be the best in the world, and the fans rallying together to cheer on their fellow countrymen. The first Olympics happened in Greece in 776 BC and it’s been a sporting tradition ever since.

Did you know?

  • In 1908, the marathon standard had been set at exactly 26 miles. During The Olympic marathon in London, it was decided that the royal family needed a better view of the finish line so organizers added an extra 385 yards to the race so the finish line would be in front of the royal box. From then on the distance of the Marathon remains to be “26 miles and 385 yards”.
  • Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia won the marathon in the 1960 Rome Olympics by registering a record time of 2hrs 15mins and 16.2 seconds. He ran this marathon bare footed. He also became the first African to win an Olympic gold medal.
  • There’s a 62-year age difference between the oldest and youngest Olympians. The youngest Olympian was Dimitrios Loundras, a Greek gymnast in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10. The oldest Olympian ever was Oscar Swahn, a Swedish shooter in the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium, Olympics. He was 72.
Interesting Facts About Gold Crowns

Columbia Dental London Olympic Michael PhelpsThere are many interesting stories about the Olympics. Perhaps the most impressive is the story of Michael Phelps, the American who won 8 gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is the highest number of gold medals ever own by a single person in a single Olympics game.

Speaking of gold, are you aware that gold is the most biocompatible, non-toxic material used in dentistry today? It is non-corrosive and hypo-allergenic. Gold does not break or chip and is very durable. Its longevity actually makes LESS costly in the long run. Gold easily outlasts other materials three to five times longer. Dentists have been using gold for hundreds of years and it’s often used today for dental crowns.

Many people are hesitant to use gold crowns, they fear it will show when they smile. Using gold on a front tooth would be an unusual choice, but teeth hidden at the back of the mouth? That’s a different story. No one will see it, so aesthetics isn’t an issue. Less tooth needs to be removed to make room for a gold crown in comparison to a porcelain crown. Also, gold causes minimal wear to opposing teeth, which is perhaps their greatest advantage.

Columbia Dental Gold CrownsWe can also make crowns that have a gold core with a porcelain exterior for those teeth that do show when you smile.

So don’t rule out gold if your dentist recommends it, it’s a 1st place choice for many Americans! Just ask Michael Phelps!