Metal-Free Restorations can flawlessly reinstate the look and function of your smile with the help of customized crowns, fillings, bridges, inlays, onlays that are created to blend in perfectly with the existing natural teeth. Previously metals such as gold, silver, and nickel were used to make dental restorations, and they were in total contrast with the natural color of teeth. But now, aesthetically pleasing biocompatible materials such as porcelain, ceramics, and composite resins are being used to make the restorations.
What Are Some Kinds Of Metal-Free Restorations?
Crowns: They are tooth-shaped coverings that fit cozily over the top surface of the natural tooth made to conceal their flaws such as cracks, chips, stains, or discoloration, as well as protect the damaged tooth from further decay and harm. They are made from porcelain, acrylic, ceramic, or porcelain fused with metal for better strength and function.
Fillings: The cavities can be treated with tooth-colored filling material composed of composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer. They help restore the tooth's shape and strength, making it easy to chew and bite. Fillings also prevent damage, decay, and the loss of a tooth.
Bridges: A person may benefit from a fixed bridge if they have a few missing teeth in a row. This restoration consists of several crowns combined and placed on either side of the gap in your smile to bridge the space together accurately. The bridges help maintain the facial contours and reduce the stress on your bite. A fixed bridge is fixed permanently in the mouth supported by the natural teeth.
Inlays and Onlays: They can be used when the damage to the tooth cannot be treated with a standard filling but at the same time do not require a crown. They are tooth-colored fillings that are manufactured in a dental lab and cemented to the tooth. An inlay fits within the tiny points of a molar tooth, while an onlay helps cover the top of one or more of these cusps.
What Are The Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations?
Though metal restorations are known to be solid and durable, they can cause some damage to health in the long run. And more ever to fix those, more of the original tooth's enamel has to be removed. The reasons metal-free restorations are preferred are as follows.
- The high thermal conductivity rate of the metal restorations can cause sensitivity of the tooth. This will not be the case with the materials such as porcelain and composites.
- As dental porcelain is hypoallergenic, even people with severe metal allergies can accept it.
- Metal-free restorations can last longer with proper care and maintenance.
- The possibility of the restorations getting stained is less in porcelain as it is non-porous.
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