Gold is one of the most sought after precious metal due to its thick, pliable, sparkly, and ductile nature. Women love gold jewellery. The more gold there is in their ornaments, the more glitzy their accessories appear. Everyone knows a good outfit is not complete without such adornments. However, gold is used for many other reasons to fulfill other purposes as well, besides wearing it as an ornament or as an embellishment.
You might be surprised to know that our early ancestors (bless their souls), did not accept gold just as a precious metal to be worn signifying membership to the high society. The think tanks of the days took the time to research and discovered various properties of this valuable metal, which made it indispensable in other fields of business as well. Dentistry, being one of them!
History tells us that in the seventh century, Etruscans were 18kt gold tooth gem the first to use gold in the dental field. They started the new approach by replacing a missing tooth with an animal tooth e.g. the tooth of a cow or a calf was secured in place with a gold wire.
Then in the 15th century, the first dental textbook was published in Leipzig, and it recommended using gold leaf in fillings. Nowadays, the use of gold in dental work is common and with good reasons:
Gold does not corrode: Gold is used in dentistry, because it is chemically static, and simple for the dentist to work with. Just imagine having iron fillings instead of gold. First, your dentist would require some heavy-duty pain inducing blacksmith tools to incorporate the metal into your tooth cavities. Secondly, afterwards unless you decide against ever brushing your teeth, and living with bad mouth odour for life, you run the serious risk of iron becoming rusted.
Gold is known for keeping allergies at bay: Most people are susceptible to metals and known to suffer from metal allergies. However, the utilisation of precious metals such as gold for dental work can keep such nuisance reactions to a minimum if not altogether avoided. Gold in dentistry does not cause any impairment when it is exposed to the human body.
Gold is used for aesthetic appeal: Little girls and boys play at being pirates when they are young. The stereotype for a pirate has always been an eye patch, earring and a gleaming solid gold tooth! Now the rest of the attire might not be to the taste of our high-end society ‘fashionistas’ anymore, but the fable holds true – a gold tooth certainly does brighten up a person’s smile. Aesthetically, it looks good!
Due to recession, the usage of gold in the field of medicine took a sharp downward slant. People started going for alternatives, however, in the end this just brought home the fact that sometimes in some things it is really worth spending more money to make a durable and sensible investment. What is the use of buying cheap substitutes that you will have to keep on replacing for one reason or another?