Metal Free Restoration in Tijuana
Metals such as gold, silver, and nickel have been used in dentistry for decades to fill in cavities and restore damaged teeth. But it’s no secret that metal clashes with the natural color of teeth, and in some cases can cause serious allergic reactions. Fortunately, developments in dentistry have resulted in metal-free, biocompatible alternatives for fillings and restorations that blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
What are metal free restorations?
Metal free restorations are made with a BPA-free composite such as dental porcelain or zirconia. Both bear a close resemblance to natural tooth enamel and will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Restorations may involve material used to fill in cavities or to fabricate the crows that cap damaged or decayed teeth in order to restore strength, structure, and function.
Benefits of metal free restorations
Besides the aesthetic benefits of using natural-looking materials for fillings and crowns, another major benefit of metal free restorations is the preservation of your teeth’s structure. Metal fillings can expand and contract in response to temperature changes, causing cracks in your teeth. By contrast, metal free restorations flex like natural teeth and prevent cracks from forming.
Other benefits of metal free restorations include:
- Compatible for people with metal allergies or sensitivities
- Fillings can be made smaller, preserving more of your tooth structure
- Do not cause tooth sensitivity, unlike metal restorations, which have a high thermal conductivity rate
- Will not interact with MRIs
- Non-porous, which means they won’t stain
Metal free restoration cost in Tijuana
The only downside to metal free restorations is that they typically cost more than traditional metal restorations. However, at BioDental Care in Tijuana, we offer the highest quality dental procedures at a fraction of what you’d pay in the U.S.
What is the procedure for metal free fillings?
The procedure for metal free fillings is similar to the procedure for traditional metal fillings. First, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area, then drill into the tooth to remove the decayed tissue. Next, the cavity will be thoroughly cleaned and dried before it’s filled with composite material and shaped to look and feel natural. A special light will then be applied to the tooth to quickly harden the composite material, allowing you to eat normally within a few hours.
What is the procedure for metal free crowns?
Most crown procedures take two appointments. In the first appointment, the dentist will numb the affected tooth and surrounding area, then reshape the tooth in preparation for the crown. The dentist will then take digital or physical impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab, where your composite crown will be fabricated and customized just for you. At the next appointment, the dentist will bond the crown into place and make any adjustments necessary so it looks and feels completely natural.
If you need a dental filling or crown but you don’t want to change the natural appearance of your teeth, metal free restorations provide the aesthetics you want along with the structural stability you need. Give us a call at (619) 754-8508 to schedule a consultation today.