Gold is one of the best options for fillings. It lasts the longest (20-plus years), doesn’t tarnish or corrode, and wears at the same rate as the natural teeth.

Gold fillings are generally called ‘gold inlays’. You can also get gold ‘onlays’, which cover one or more ‘cusps’ or sides of the teeth. As with a porcelain filling, the tooth must first be prepared, a mold taken and a temporary filling placed. Around two weeks later the permanent gold filling is cemented in.

Many people don’t like the look of gold fillings, and they cost more than other fillings.