Making removable Gold caps is just tedious dirty work. I was given a
dental plaster master by the manager of a small jewelry store.
I was asked to make dental caps to try out.. Here are my experiences
Poor hygiene control in making the alginate impression ( I believe
a new type of dental RTV is being used now ). Then a dental plaster
cast was made of the impression.
This is the point where I came in. - I had to clean up the plaster
cast - not difficult . I expect it could be done with practice in 5
- 7 min. The wax used was selected from sheet wax. I believe I used
16 to 20 gauge wax. The wax was brittle when cold but warmed up
nicely when heated in a cup of water set in an electrical coffee
warmer . I guess that if needed, you could use a light dimmer to
control the temp, What I had worked all right.
Fold the wax over the plaster impression. I cut the wax to follow
the tooth - gum junction front and back . To harden the wax cool it
in cold water , it cuts better.
I carved designs in several and also added thin sheet wax to build
up for stone setting. Polish the wax by burnishing . Check the wax
weight to give the expected gold cap weight and adjust accordingly.
Precut the starting stone seats .
I returned the waxes and talked with the store owners . Here is
where some problems were foreseen . I was expected to use their
scrap melt gold. I could work on their premises, but no provision
was made for ventilation or wash up was available. My studio was not
I am including a website which shows a Varity of " Bling - Bling "
dental jewelry. http://www.goldteethny.com
I wrote in earlier an Orchid letter , " Bling Bling makers on the
list ? "
" There are modest labor profits, but as many people consider
this beneath them, I would expect plenty of work. This is
interesting, but not over challenging work. This is legal and
hurts no one directly, as it is considered cosmetic only. I
would take care not to look down on my clientele as this is a
raffish bunch. "
I will change one statement made " hurts no one directly, as it is
considered cosmetic only" to " use of these dental caps will hasten
dental decay and oral hygiene problems " The last was due to a
conversation I had with my dentist whose opinion I respect in such
matters. I would not use Nickel White Gold either. It is however
I hope this helps.