Metal-Free Restorations – Orange Park, FL
A Natural Way to Protect Your Teeth
No one wants the spotlight shone on their dental work, especially when it comes to a crown, bridge, inlay or onlay. In the past, when metal used to be the only method to restore a damaged or decayed tooth, this posed a serious problem for patients with allergies to metal. Luckily, the dentistry field has seen many advancements, including the creation of metal-free restorations. Dr. Matthew Nawrocki can restore your smile in just two appointments, creating a blended smile that will have others never knowing you had dental work. If you’re in need of a filling and want to know more about metal-free restorations, contact our office today.
What Are Metal-Free Restorations?
When a tooth is decayed or damaged, it’s imperative that you have it fixed as soon as possible. Why? Because the longer you wait, the more severe your dental problem can become. Okay, but how do you fix it? That is a good question, and it can be answered in many ways, but if Dr. Nawrocki evaluates your smile and determines you could benefit from a restorative solution like a dental crown, bridge, inlay or onlay, rest assured there is an alternative method that will keep the silver and gold out of your mouth.
Metal-free restorations not only address the dental problem and provide your tooth (or teeth) with the additional protection needed, but they offer a more aesthetically pleasing look. Constructed from porcelain or ceramic, both materials are customizable and can be easily matched to your natural tooth enamel.
What Are the Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations?
It may seem that metal is more durable, and while that may be the case in certain circumstances, when it comes to metal in your mouth, it can actually become problematic over time, especially when it comes to your appearance. Some of the benefits surrounding metal-free restorations include:
- Improved Look – These types of restorations make it possible for you to have a beautifully blended smile. No silver or gold will shine when you smile, so no one will ever have to know you have a crown if you don’t want them to.
- Available to All Patients: Some individuals are allergic to metal, which can make it difficult to treat them with traditional methods. Metal-free restorations make it possible for all patients to get the help they need.
- Longer Lasting: Restorations can last decades or longer if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages will keep your restoration shining bright and prevent discoloration.
- Increased Confidence: When you have a smile you are proud to show off, you have greater self-esteem and confidence. This can prove beneficial in your job and in your personal life. A smile is the first thing people notice about you, so why not let Dr. Nawrocki make is a beautiful one.
Types of Metal-Free Restorations
One of the great advantages of metal-free restorations is they come in a variety of types. Whether you need a dental crown, fixed bridge, or an inlay or onlay, you can find a metal-free solution for you.
Using a shade guide, Dr. Nawrocki will match the color of your new dental crown to your natural tooth enamel. This will ensure your new restoration is matched as close as possible and blends in with the rest of your smile. Your dental crown will not only add the support your weakened tooth needs, but it will restore your smile to its natural beauty.
If you could benefit from a fixed bridge, Dr. Nawrocki will need to alter the teeth on either side of the gap to make sure your newly created dental crowns fit nicely over your teeth. Serving as anchors, they will hold your bridge in place, preventing it from falling out. Just like your dental crowns, the bridge, in its entirety, will be matched according to the natural enamel of your teeth.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays are used to correct unsightly fillings, and it can be tooth colored. Bonding it to the tooth, it will improve the strength of your tooth and seal it to prevent further infection or damage.
Onlays fit within the tooth and extend onto the chewing surface to replace any missing or damaged cusps. Just like an inlay, they can be made with a metal-free material, bonding it to the actual tooth to seal it into place and provide added protection.