Decayed and damaged teeth need safe, effective, and natural solutions. Traditional amalgam was once the primary material used for fillings, crowns, and other restorations; however, dentists now use metal-free restorations to give patients improved smiles and appearances. With tooth-colored fillings in Wilmington as well as porcelain and ceramic dental crowns, individuals seeking treatment no longer need to worry about dental sensitivity or displeasing aesthetics. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Metal-free restorations consist of dental fillings, dental crowns, and dental bridges. Gold, nickel, and silver are still used by some dentists yet, our team at Grand Dental – Wilmington believes in providing patients with a more aesthetically pleasing option. By color-matching our restorations to match a patient’s smile, we can ensure a more beautiful result that maintains the same durability and functionality as traditional amalgam restorations.
There is little difference between the process for a metal-free restoration and a traditional gold, silver, or nickel restoration. Patients will first meet with a member of our Grand Dental – Wilmington team to have their teeth thoroughly cleaned and cleared of any decayed or damaged structures. If a cavity exists, a tooth-colored filling is put into place. The malleable, color-matched composite resin fills the vacated area, and a curing light hardens the resin to create a tight seal that prevents reinfection.
If a dental crown is required to better protect a damaged tooth, a digital impression is taken of the person’s smile and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Our team will place a temporary crown over the vulnerable tooth until the finalized restoration is ready for placement.
There are many reasons a person might opt for a metal-free restoration, such as:
Each metal-free restoration incurs a separate fee, which is why there is no set value tied to this cosmetic dental treatment. Instead, a dentist in Wilmington will examine a person’s smile to identify the various factors that must be considered when preparing a cost estimate. Individuals with dental insurance, however, can help minimize out-of-pocket expenses by agreeing to cover 50-80% of the total cost. This is dependent upon which category your insurer deems for the type of metal-free restoration a person receives.
Our dental team will assist in helping patients to maximize their benefits while also providing alternative solutions for uninsured individuals.