More people than ever are turning to metal-free dentistry in order to correct dental health issues. For decades, metal has been used to create dental restorations and fillings. However, recent research suggests that better options may exist. Studies indicate that metal fillings could be connected to tooth fractures, and people living with metal allergies may suffer from even further complications. Fortunately, metal-free restorations are available to discreetly protect the teeth. Here we list 4 ways to improve your smile without metal restorations.
The days of only treating cavities with metal fillings are over. Advances in the field of dentistry now offer several other options. Composite resin materials are one of the most popular. These tooth-colored fillings are both discreet and durable. They are resistant to fracture in small- to medium-size fillings, and they can withstand a moderate amount of pressure. Composite fillings can be used in either the front or back teeth, and they are a great choice if you prefer your fillings to take on a more natural appearance.
If your teeth are fractured or cracked, it is important to take action to prevent further damage. A porcelain crown can both improve the strength of the tooth and preserve the remaining, natural structure without the use of metal. Crowns are the treatment option of choice in situations involving severe decay, trauma-induced damage, and severe enamel erosion. They may also serve as an option for people who suffer dental damage as a result of clenching and grinding their teeth.
One of the newest technologies in the field of dentistry is CEREC, which creates ceramic dental crowns that are free of metal. Unlike other crowns, this technology develops the crown directly within the dental office, speeding up the manufacturing process. Without the need for a dental laboratory to create the restoration, you’ll no longer be forced to wear a temporary crown while you wait for your permeant restoration. The CEREC crown can be created and placed during a single visit to the dentist.
Dental veneers consist of thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain, and they are cemented to the front of the teeth to address a variety of dental health concerns. Teeth that are worn down, chipped, broken, gapped, and discolored are all candidates for veneers. Even slightly crooked or misaligned teeth may be corrected with veneers, which is a popular alternative to metal braces. With porcelain veneers, you can replace damaged enamel and fix minor cosmetic problems without the use of metal restorations.
You don’t need a mouth full of metal in order to get a healthy, beautiful smile. With porcelain, resin, and other innovative materials increasing in availability, it is easier than ever to perfect your smile without the silver.
Are you ready to improve your smile without metal restorations? Contact Suburban Essex Dental to schedule a consultation! Our office is located in West Orange, NJ. Our happy patients come from the entire Suburban Essex County as well as far beyond.
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