Enjoy Natural-Looking Results
What are Metal-Free Restorations?
Metal has held a commonplace in dentistry for several decades because it creates strong, affordable restorations. Although they are effective, they are highly noticeable and are not biocompatible. Now, you can enjoy treatments that use ceramic, zirconia, or composite resin instead of metals when needing:
- Dental Crowns
- Inlays and onlays
Each metal-free option seamlessly mimics the natural appearance of your smile while repairing your compromised tooth. You can rest assured, no one will ever tell your restoration is not a real tooth.
Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations
Although tooth-colored restorations are not made from metal, that does not mean they are not as durable or do not offer the same benefits. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Metal-free restorations provide an array of advantages, including:
- Improved Confidence: Your teeth will look 100% natural to speak, smile, and eat without any insecurities.
- Hypoallergenic: Perfect solution for those who have metal allergies or sensitivities.
- Strengthens Teeth: Helps support the integrity of your tooth while maintaining more of its structure.
- Long-lasting: Metal-free restorations last for an average of about 10 years before needing to be replaced if you care for them properly.
- Biocompatible: Since no metals are used, you do not need to worry about mercury exposure. The materials used are accepted by your body for a healthier alternative to previous options.
What Can I Expect?
When choosing metal-free restorations, your treatment process will vary slightly depending on the type you choose. Your cosmetic dentist in Murphy creates the customized treatment plan you need to restore a healthy, beautiful smile.
Your tooth is cleaned, and a weak acid is applied to it to open the pores in your enamel and dentin. Your tooth is rinsed before the composite resin material is applied to it. The resin is customized to match the color of your enamel and sculpted into the ideal shape. A special light quickly hardens it to leave you with a flawless smile.
Your tooth is prepared and shaped before your dentist takes an impression of your tooth. This is needed to create your restoration to meet your size and shape needs in a dental lab. The lab carefully crafts it to match the color of your natural tooth, which can take a couple of weeks. We attach a temporary crown in the meantime. After your restoration is sent back to our office, you return for a second appointment to have it bonded in place.