CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Eur J Dent 2013; 07(03): 373-376
DOI: 10.4103/1305-7456.115426
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Galvanic gold plating for fixed dental prosthesis

Tuncer Burak Ozcelik
1   Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkiye
Burak Yilmaz
2   Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Publication Date:
26 September 2019 (online)


Metal ceramic partial fixed dental prostheses have been commonly used for the replacement of missing teeth for many years. Because of an increase in the price of gold, base metal alloys have been the choice of alloy for the fabrication of metal ceramic restorations in many dental clinics. Some major disadvantages of base metals are their corrosion and the dark coloration they may cause at the crown margins. This article describes a galvanic gold-plating technique, which is used to minimize corrosion and improve the esthetics of metal ceramic restorations fabricated with Cr-Co base metal alloys. This technique involves the deposition of a 6 μm to 8 μm 24 K gold layer directly onto the Cr-Co cast prosthesis framework. The technique improves metal surface properties, making them more biocompatible and usable, however, requires additional equipment and experienced laboratory technicians. Clinical studies should be performed to corroborate the long term success of this technique.


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