An illustration for this post here. Most of this work was done at the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by dental students John Berry and Steve Herring. It's held up. I have all 32 of my original teeth, and they are all alive.

  • Jimmy Hilario 10y

    rawr! wonder if they will last a lifetime.
  • Jan Tik 10y

  • Stewart Butterfield PRO 10y

    Images like this are why photography was invented.
  • Jan Tik 10y

    Damn, I have say something again. I have never in my wildest dreams thought I would make a picture of the inside of someone's mouth a favorite. But this is such an exceptional photo I could not resist. Great job!
  • Doc Searls PRO 10y

    If gold crowns last only 20 years, how come most of these are between 30 and 31 years old?

    Credits, by the way, go to the dental school at the University of North Carolina, where nearly all the work was done.
  • matazza 10y

    Gold in one's mouth is very sexy!
  • pizzo PRO 9y

    Because of its physical properties, dentists find gold to be a very workable metal. This characteristic helps a dentist to be able to achieve a very precise fit with the crown.

    Since they are metal through and through, gold crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well. They will not chip. It would be uncharacteristic for a gold crown to break. Of all of the types of dental crowns, gold crowns probably have the greatest potential for lasting the longest.

    Although they are very strong, the wear rate of a gold crown is about the same as tooth enamel. This means that a gold dental crown won't create excessive wear on the teeth it opposes (the teeth it bites against).

    I have a few myself in the back of my mouth!
  • mike metal 9y

    I thought I was the only person on the face of the earth with that much metal!
    Ive had almost every single tooth root canaled!!!
    I only hope that mine last as long as yours have

  • Chris Locke 9y

    The better to EAT YOU WITH!
  • Mary Wehmeier 9y

    Well.. my gold crowns lasted nearly 25 years when all of a sudden an entire 4 tooth bridge broke about 3 months ago. So we are now in the process of reconstructing my entire upper and lower bite. At the moment I look like a bag lady in need of a jaw transplant. Hopefully by Christmas I'll have an entire new jaw line... Now if a face lift would come with it... I'd be in heaven.
  • Xavier 8y

    wow! really amazing!
  • templedmdstudent 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dental School, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
    Seeing as I am in Dental School right now and these came from a dental school, I would be honored. I made one for myself recently:
    Gold tooth
    Also gold is the BEST thing you can put in the back of the mouth!!
  • EsideBmore 7y

    I love you. I want to hug you so hard! I have fillings almost all the same teeth but mine are black =( I really...really.....REALLY want to get porcilin veneers on the backs and the fronts. And 1 single bright shiny gold tooth right in the front baby. My teeth have been messed up for years. All day i fantasize about the perfect grill. YOU RULE!
  • glennmopar 6y

    Wow, those crowns look great, the dental school did
    a great job.
    I have almost the same amount of crowns in my mouth and some them are 25-30 years old .And they have held
    up well
  • roadswagga2011 3y

    I can have all that done but 2 things are gonna happen: 1- Divorce my wife and be single again and focus on ME!!!! and 2- The dentist have 2 knock me out 2 the point i can't feel nothing until i wake, and pop pain pills until it goes away.
  • solstar177040 2y

    Wow there's gold in them thar hill 's !
  • Lance Tankmen 2y

    People that come in to our Lethbridge dental offices always want gold fillings haha.
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