Taking a metal-free approach to dentistry means we not only offer results that look natural, but we provide restorations that are safe for people of all ages. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about how we can offer optimal and long-lasting results with our metal-free crowns, fillings, and dental prosthetics.
The Downsides of Amalgam
While metals like amalgam are effective for crowns and fillings, they contain trace amounts of mercury that could be harmful for young children, the elderly, and pregnant women. These are also problematic for people with metal allergies. But with metal-free options, we can offer materials that are durable and biocompatible, and can be color matched to blend with the smile. These materials are also less likely to grow/shrink due to temperature and time, so the risk of decay and reinfection is much lower than with metal restorations.
Lifelike Fillings and Cosmetic Repair
Our metal-free dental fillings are made from composite resin, a blend of glass-like and acrylic particles that can be shaped and molded, but also shaded to blend with the tooth. In addition to treating tooth decay with dental fillings, we can use the same material in our dental bonding procedures, so we have safe and lifelike solutions for chipped teeth, misshapen ones, and to help mask permanent teeth stains, all in only one visit.
With the CEREC system, our team can design, create, and place a metal-free dental crown in only one visit. We will use digital technology to measure the prepared teeth and create images of them, which we use to design the restoration. We then upload the information into an onsite milling machine, which creates your new restoration from a solid block of ceramic. Your new crown looks natural and fits comfortably, and ensures your bite is balanced, and the process takes one sitting.
Porcelain Bridges and Dentures
If you have missing teeth, we can order durable dental prosthetics, with restorations designed to look natural and blend with your smile. Our team can create all-porcelain bridges, which address between one and three lost teeth in a row. We can also create dentures that look natural and are free of metal to tackle more severe cases of tooth loss. If you have any questions about how we use metal-free dentistry to repair teeth and replace missing ones, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Metal-Free Dentistry?
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about how we restore your smiles with our emergency dental treatments. We want to ensure you have a full, healthy, and beautiful smile, made from lifelike and durable dental materials that are safe for your smile.