Having a mouth full of dark-colored metal is so commonplace that many people don't know there's an alternative.
Metal-free restorationsFor years, silver amalgam was the filling material used in dental practices. While amalgams are a perfectly reasonable restoration choice, they can have certain shortcomings. Metal fillings do not bond to the tooth and can actually mask decay in x-rays.
Teeth with large metal fillings in them can also develop cracks over time due to expansion and contraction of the mercury. Left untreated, thee cracks get larger and can eventually require root canal treatment. Replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings that form a stronger bond to the tooth can dramatically decrease tooth cracking, the chances for decay and the need for possible root canal treatment due to a fractured tooth.
Fillings aren't the only metal-free restorations available today. Dr. Downing also uses crowns made from the latest in modern ceramics as opposed to traditional crowns which are made from porcelain fused to metal. Over time gum tissue can recede which causes the metal inside the crown to become visible at the gum line. These ugly gray lines can make a once beautiful smile lose its luster.
Ceramic crowns are incredibly strong and long lasting restorations. and because they are completely bio-compatible there are no allergic reactions or tooth sensitivity problems. They look so natural that even dentists have a hard time spotting them!
If you want the option of modern, state-of-the-art restorations that are natural looking, contain no metals and can actually strengthen your teeth, give us a call today.
You deserve a smile that looks better and more natural without all the metal!
Call (801 262-4662 today!
We Love to see you Smile!
Randy N. Downing, D.D.S.