Metal-Free Dental Restorations - Goodyear, AZ
No-Metal Solution to Healthy Smiles
At Desert Vista Dental West, Dr. Collier and Dr. Smith want your teeth to be as healthy as can be, so when damage or decay cause a tooth to become weakened, they can provide a valuable treatment to protect and maintain its integrity. How? With metal-free dental restorations, you can not only feel great about the health of your smile but its appearance, too. Not only are they biocompatible, but they will give you the seamless smile you desire. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Why Choose Desert Vista Dental West for Metal-Free Dental Restorations?
- Custom-made restorations to meet your individual needs
- Mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel
- Highly skilled dental professionals to repair your smile
What Are Metal-Free Dental Restorations?
For years, dentists have used traditional amalgam restorations to help patients suffering from decayed and damaged teeth. These metal-based prosthetics have certainly stood the test of time; however, over the years, research has shown there are negative aspects to using gold and silver, such as staining (dark rings) and the use of mercury to create them. Their spotlight-like visibility doesn’t help either.
Fortunately, at Desert Vista Dental West, we want more for your smile, which is why we offer metal-free dental restorations. Not only are they biocompatible, but they are blended to match your smile, making it almost impossible for anyone to notice you’ve had dental work. Some of the most common restorations we offer include:
- Dental Crowns
- Inlays and Onlays
Benefits of Metal-Free Dental Restorations
If you’re worried your metal-free prosthetic won’t stand up against the strength and durability offered by amalgam, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are many advantages to these tooth-colored restorations, including:
- Greater Confidence – You’ll feel better knowing your smile is completely natural, and your functionality in being able to speak, eat, and smile will be restored.
- Hypoallergenic – If you have metal allergies or sensitivities, you don’t have to worry about that with metal-free restorations.
- Strengthens Teeth – No matter what type of restoration you receive, they will ensure proper protection while allowing you to maintain more of your natural tooth structure.
- Long-lasting – Metal-free restorations can, on average, last an estimated 10 years.
- Biocompatible – These are free of mercury, which means you are receiving a much better solution to live in your mouth.
What Can I Expect During the Process?
There is no specific explanation for how metal-free dental restorations are placed. The reason is because of the various types of restorative dentistry that can be performed using them. No matter which one is suggested for your individual case, your cosmetic dentist will be sure to draft a personalized treatment plan that will explain the process, timeline, and what you can expect from your new restoration.
With tooth-colored fillings, these can be completed in one visit to our office. Either Dr. Collier or Dr. Smith will begin by cleaning the decayed area before rinsing it out and filling it using a composite resin, which will be matched to your natural tooth color using a shade guide. Our team will apply it to the enamel of your tooth and carefully sculpt and shape it accordingly, so it blends in with the rest of your smile. Finally, we will use a specialized light to harden the resin into place, giving your tooth the seal it needs to protect against harmful bacteria.
If a filling won’t suffice in caring for your damaged tooth, it’s likely we will need to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it. We will do this by first cleaning out the decayed or damaged area of the tooth before filling it and shaping it. It is necessary to “prep” the tooth to ensure the crown will properly fit over the natural tooth. Next, we will take an impression of your tooth and send it to dental lab technicians, who will design and create your custom restoration. Matching the color, size, and shape, once it is finished, you will return for a second and final appointment to have it cemented into place.