Some people frown upon them. Are there any that are acceptable in professional circles?
Tell us about the history of this practice.
Do the gold inserts have any value? I heard a story recently of someone who was mugged and his tooth was pulled out.
Are there any medical reasons why a dental health professional would recommend them?
What does the process of inserting gold teeth entail?
Can the process be reversed flawlessly? When some people have opted to take them out the tooth is left with a greyish shade. Is that the original tooth that was there or is it false?
Is there permanent damage to the teeth?
Professor, is there anything else that you would like to add?
Professor Shackleton, thank you very much for talking to us.
Professor Joy Shackleton is the head of Department of the Wits University School of Paediatric and Restorative Dentistry. This department comprises the disciplines of paedodontics, restorative dentistry, and endodontics.
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