In light of the economic recession and the increasing price of gold, many dentists are looking for less expensive alternatives without compromising durability and performance.

More dentists are choosing traditional high noble porcelain fused metal (PFM) crowns and all-ceramics over gold crowns, as precious metals are skyrocketing in price.  Gold is valued at over $1,100 an ounce and platinum at nearly $2,000.

The use of titanium has been growing in popularity in dentistry. The material is used for the understructures or copings of PFM crowns due to its strength, stability, biocompatibility and low price point.  Another factor that has led to the increased use of titanium is the introduction of computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems that are capable of milling titanium. Given the advantages of using titanium and the significant difference in pricing, titanium is likely to become the new gold in the dental industry.

More information on this interesting trend can be found here:

Hotter Than Gold?

Titanium Applications in Dentistry