Metal-Free, Tooth-Colored Restorations

Do you have teeth that are missing, decayed, or broken? Tooth-colored, metal-free restorations can repair the problem with natural-looking results.

Metal-free restorations are a popular choice in the world of cosmetic dentistry. The reason: They don’t use silver amalgam, which is thought to be poisonous and harmful to patients. Instead, the tooth structure is restored without metal, using composite resin. Composite resin is a plastic, tooth-colored material that can be used by cosmetic dentistry for a variety of reasons. It is a hard-wearing substance that can be chewed on immediately after it hardens. Metal-free restorations using composite resin is the ultimate solution for repairing back teeth.   

Restoration Improves Your Teeth, Face and Smile
Dental restoration simply refers to the replacement of missing tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration or fracture of a tooth. The goal of cosmetic dentists is to return the tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.

Restoring missing, decayed or damaged teeth is important because negative side effects can result from teeth left unaddressed. Repairing a decayed tooth can stop the spread of the damage and prevent the loss of the tooth. Keeping teeth in tact preserves your bite and allows for normal eating and chewing. Restoring missing teeth also prevents the shifting of other teeth to compensate for the open space. This, in turn, can protect your bite and minimize your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Plus, tooth restoration—particularly metal-free restoration—improves the look of the teeth, face and smile.

Common Restoration Procedures
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Fillings are typically used to repair minimal tooth fractures, decay or other damage. They can also be used to enhance tooth surfaces for better biting and chewing—which can, in turn, reduce sensitivity resulting from enamel loss.

With metal-free restoration, silver amalgam is substituted for tooth-colored composite resin. This white plastic is a better choice of material because it bonds directly to the tooth. As a result, the cosmetic dentist doesn’t have to cut a slit into the tooth to hold the filling in place, which is necessary with amalgam filing. So you lose less of your tooth during the restoration process. Plus, metal-free restoration is a nice, natural-looking solution for filling front teeth.    

Dental restorations also include crowns, bridges and implants. Here’s a brief description of each of these:

Learn more about the benefits of metal-free tooth restorations and other advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques. Contact Dr. Lockhart for a free consultation today!  



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