When you are missing a tooth or you have a damaged tooth that needs to be rebuilt, Dr. Montgomery must consider what is best for your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile. After all, you want a smile that is strong and functional, but you also want your teeth to look good. That’s why your dentist in Plano offers metal-free restorations. Thanks to progress in both dental technology as well as materials, these restorations are as strong as their metal predecessors and they look so natural. If you have a tooth that needs repair, consider a metal-free restoration in Plano.
When you have a tooth that is badly damaged because of advanced decay or traumatic injury, a dental crown restores the function and appearance of that tooth. In addition, a crown is usually the final step when you need a root canal or a single dental implant.
For a completely seamless result, Dr. Montgomery often suggests a metal-free restoration. Until fairly recently, dentists used an amalgam of metals including gold and silver, or ceramic fused to metal, to build restorations. The amalgam restorations were always noticeable, but even those fused to metal eventually showed signs of darkening along the gum line. With a metal-free restoration, Dr. Montgomery can offer you the same strength and durability in a crown that looks no different than your other teeth.
To place an all-ceramic crown, a slim layer of enamel is removed from your tooth. This step is done to ensure the new crown fits evenly between nearby teeth and does not interfere with opposing teeth when you bite down. You’ll wear a temporary acrylic crown while our cosmetic dental lab crafts the permanent restoration.
For missing teeth, a metal-free bridge will look completely natural and be cost-effective, as well. With a bridge, two metal-free crowns made of either ceramic or porcelain are placed over healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile. These will be used to support a bridge of false teeth that take the place of missing ones. A metal-free crown and bridge are fabricated and placed as a single unit.
If you have a tooth with a cavity that cannot be adequately repaired with a tooth-colored filling but is not bad enough to require a crown, then an inlay or onlay could be the ideal solution. These restorations are custom produced in the lab for Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Montgomery to use in the office. An inlay is formed to fit within the cusps of your teeth while an onlay covers cusps and may extend beyond the biting edge.