Metal-Free Restorations – Waco, TX
Restore the Look and Function of Your Smile
In the old days, you had to choose between dental restorations that revitalized your oral health and restorations that blended in naturally to your smile. Thanks to metal-free restorations, that’s no longer the case. Dr. Cofer can flawlessly restore the look and function of your smile with custom-crafted crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and fillings designed to blend right into the rest of your teeth. If you think you need dental work done, contact our Waco, TX office today and ask about metal-free restorations.
What Are Metal-Free Restorations?
Metal-free restorations might refer to one of many different treatments such as:
- Tooth-colored dental crowns
- Virtually unnoticeable fillings
- Flawless fixed bridges
- Unnoticeable inlays and onlays
These restorations may be crafted from materials like ceramic, zirconia, and composite resin. Each of them is designed to perfectly mimic tooth enamel, even down to the way light bounces off of it. You can rest easy knowing your dental work will look exactly like your natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations?
While metal restorations have a reputation of being more durable, they can actually cause more damage in some cases. They require more of the original tooth structure to be removed to make room. For this and a few other reasons listed below, we recommend restorations without metal:
- Natural-looking smile – These restorations are made of 100 percent tooth-colored materials, so they’re indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- Long-lasting – With proper care, metal-free restorations can last ten years or even longer. They are also much more resistant to stains than natural enamel, so you won’t have to worry about discoloration.
- Hypoallergenic – Patients with allergies to metal don’t have to worry about having an adverse reaction to these restorations.
What Are the Types of Metal-Free Restorations?
Thanks to metal-free restorations, Dr. Cofer can restore structure and function to a variety of different dental problems.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits snugly over the top of a natural tooth to mask imperfections such as discoloration or a misshapen tooth, as well as protect a damaged tooth from further injury or decay.
When you hear the dreaded words “you have a cavity,” you know that a filling comes next. However, there’s no need to worry about people noticing your dental work, as Dr. Cofer can flawlessly treat your cavity with tooth-colored filling material.
If you’re missing a few teeth in a row, you might benefit from a fixed bridge. This restoration involves several crowns combined. They are placed on either side of the gap in your smile to literally bridge the space together.
Inlays & Onlays
Sometimes a tooth is too damaged to be treated with a simple filling, but not enough for a full-fledged crown. That’s where inlays and onlays come in. They are essentially fillings that are fabricated in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. An inlay fits within the tiny points, or “cusps,” of a back tooth, while an onlay covers the top of one or more of these cusps.