Metal-Free Restorations – Mesquite, TX
Durable Solutions for More Beautiful Aesthetics
Worried that your dentist will recommend a traditional silver or gold dental crown to repair your weakened tooth? Whether it is decay, damage, or a recent root canal that requires you to undergo restorative treatment, you’re likely looking for a solution that doesn’t shine a spotlight on your dental work. Fortunately, Dr. McKnight and his team offer metal-free restorations in Mesquite that blend in with your natural smile and are non-toxic to your and the environment. Relying on more aesthetically pleasing materials to craft an array of restorations, you can prepare to receive a new crown, filling, inlay, onlay, or bridge that offers durability and strength as well as a beautiful aesthetic. Contact us today to find out if you qualify to receive a metal-free restoration.
What Are Metal-Free Restorations?
Without proper treatment, decayed and damaged teeth can worsen over time, resulting in tooth extraction to save your oral health. While traditional amalgam was once the go-to solution for dentists who offered restorative dentistry, it is still effective and used by many professionals. However, with advancements in dentistry and new research that details the dangers of these metals, alternative options are now available.
Metal-free restorations are dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bridges, and fillings that are non-toxic, and mercury-free. These materials are biocompatible and an ideal alternative for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to metal. Also, they are healthier for you and the environment, and they blend in with regular teeth to create a seamless look.
How Do Metal-Free Restorations Work?
Metal-free restorations work just like traditional amalgam except they are made of different materials. Bonded into place after undergoing proper treatment for a cavity or a more serious infection (i.e., root canal) to address serious decay or damage, these uniquely designed restorations offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution that do not capture the attention of others like silver or gold would.
Depending on the type of restoration you receive, it can take 1-2 appointments to complete the process. Dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays usually require at least 2 appointments because they must be crafted by lab technicians, which can take a few weeks to fabricate. A filling, however, only requires one visit and uses what is referred to as composite resin. This color-matched solution adequately fills in the cavity and creates a tight seal without leaving behind an unsightly color. Instead, it lays flat and blends in with your existing tooth structure.
Why Would I Opt for Metal-Free Restorations Over Traditional Restorations?
There are many reasons why metal-free restorations are a far better option than their traditional counterparts, such as:
- They ensure a natural look and feel, allowing you to smile freely without anyone staring at your restoration and making comments about your dental work
- They’re long-lasting as long as you commit to maintaining good oral hygiene
- They are durable and can withstand normal wear and tear
- They’re an ideal solution for individuals with metal allergies and sensitivities
- They’re mercury-free, which makes them safer for the environment and your body
- They won’t expand when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, which can help you keep more of your natural tooth structure
Cost of Metal-Free Restorations
The cost of your metal-free restoration cannot be determined until you schedule an appointment with Dr. McKnight. It is during this visit that he will review your smile and determine fi you are a qualified candidate to receive this type of treatment. The cost of your restoration will ultimately depend on various factors, some of which include the type of restoration you need, the severity of the problem, and if the materials used to create your artificial tooth. Our team will be happy to sit down and discuss the complete cost estimate with you as well as help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.