Although it is our goal to prevent our patients from having to attain restorative treatments, there are times when this type of care is necessary. Understanding that there are those who wish to avoid the use of metal in dental restorations, Dr. Fry offers metal-free dentistry treatment options. Our metal-free restorations are designed to provide discerning patients the function and aesthetics they desire.
Composite Fillings (Bonded Fillings)
One of the most common forms of restorative care provided by dentists is that of dental fillings. When a tooth is damaged from decay, cavities form and weaken the overall tooth structure. If not repaired in a timely manner, this decay continues to erode the tooth or teeth, posing further need for treatment.
While amalgam(silver) has long been used to fill cavities left by decay, patients may choose an advanced treatment in the form of composite fillings. All decay is removed and composite material(not containing metal) is built up in the tooth to restore full function.
Additionally, patients like this type of filling due to its aesthetic appeal, as composite material is tooth-colored and therefore appears completely natural.
Should a patient desire, old amalgam fillings can be replaced with composite fillings for long lasting, beautiful restorations.
When damage has extended beyond the point where a standard filling can't repair it, a dental crown is needed. A crown encapsulates the tooth to restore strength, aesthetics and full function. In the past, metal served as the only material used in a crown. Today, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are popular due to their natural appearance. Going one step further, however, patients can also receive crowns or porcelain veneers that contain no metal whatsoever (yet all tooth colored).
In addition today there are several other metal free crown choices.