Only a couple decades ago, a filling or implant meant the use of metal. You might remember the days of gold teeth and amalgam fillings and how unsightly (not to mention glaringly obvious) they were. In addition to the aesthetic drawbacks of metal restorations, they often were not as strong as natural tooth enamel, and many people worried about the possible health risks of having mercury planted in their mouths. In essence, metal restorations were strictly functional, and they often weren’t even all that good as far as that goes.
Today, things are a bit different. Gold and mercury-alloy amalgam are being replaced by other materials such as resin and porcelain. This metal-free dentistry allows for more natural-looking restorations with numerous other benefits.
While the main reason for metal-free dentistry’s growing popularity is likely aesthetics driven, there are a variety of other reasons why metal-free dentistry is often preferred over traditional methods:
- More natural teeth: This is more than just the appearance of your teeth. Modern metal-free techniques often allow more natural tooth structure to be saved than if amalgam were to be used. This is because the resins used in metal-free restoration chemically bond with the tooth structure, allowing more freedom for procedures requiring new crowns and onlays.
- Aesthetics: The porcelain and resin used in metal-free restorations obviously have a much more tooth-like color than metal, but they can also be sculpted to match the right shape and size. This allows for very realistic implants and fillings that fit perfectly with the rest of your mouth.
- Strength: Previously, porcelain was thought to be too brittle for use in tooth restorations, but thanks to modern technology, modern dental porcelain can provide the hardness and strength your teeth need. In fact, can actually result in stronger teeth than metal fillings and crowns since metal will expand or contract with changes in temperature. In addition, the composite resins used in restoring cracked or chipped teeth bond directly to the natural structure, at which point it can be easily shaped and hardened.
- Safety: Many people are concerned about putting mercury alloy amalgam in their mouths. While it is normally safe, it can be risky during implantation or removal. Metal-free dentistry uses chemically safe resin and porcelain, so there is no need to fear mercury poisoning. In addition, those who have certain metal allergies won’t have to risk a reaction to these materials since they don’t contain nickel.
With metal-free dentistry, stronger, more visually appealing restorations are possible, with applications available for fillings, crowns, dental bonding, onlays, and bridges.
While dental-free restorations have a wide variety of benefits, they require more care and expertise when being placed. Because of this, it is best to find a dentist with plenty of experience. At Lynn Dental Care, you have access to highly qualified professionals. Dr. Lynn has decades of dental experience, and he is constantly researching the latest techniques and procedures to make sure you get the most advanced and reliable care available. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us!