Metal Free Restorations – Marlton, NJ
Repair Your Smile Without the Silver
For many years, the only options dentists had for repairing broken or decayed teeth was with metal restorations. While these silver fillings and crowns are reliably durable, they come with a host of downsides. Not only do they leave an embarrassing and noticeable metallic blob amidst your pearly whites, but their non-biocompatible materials can harm your teeth over time. That’s why Dr. Kristin Petulla and Dr. Jennifer Kazemi are proud to offer beautiful and reliable metal free restorations in Marlton. Tooth-colored crowns and fillings can repair your smile without the silver and improve your oral health. To learn more, read on or call us today to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose Dr. Kristin B. Petulla For Metal Free Restorations?
- #1 Friendly and Experienced Team Focused On Your Comfort & Satisfaction
- #2 High-Quality Materials for Beautiful and Strong Results
- #3 Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible, No-Interest Financing Available
What Are Metal Free Restorations?
As their name suggests, metal free restorations are fillings, crowns, bridges, and other types of dental restorations that don’t contain any metal. In the past, these restorations were typically crafted out of amalgam, which is a mixture of metals like silver, tin, and nickel. On the other hand, metal free restorations are made of dental porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin. These materials are tooth-colored and resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Metal free restorations can be shaded to match the color of nearby teeth to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the smile.
How Do Metal Free Restorations Work?
The process for getting a metal free restoration will depend on the type of restoration you need. However, it will generally require a process similar to that of placing the traditional type of that restoration. First, your tooth (or teeth) will need to be prepared. Depending on the nature of your situation, this could involve Dr. Petulla or Dr. Kazemi removing decayed tissue from a cavity, reshaping a damaged tooth, or performing root canal therapy.
If you’re receiving a filling, we’ll simply fill in the cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin, harden it into place with a special light, and polish it so that it looks like a natural part of your tooth. If you need a crown or bridge, we’ll take impressions of your tooth/teeth after preparation, send that information to a local dental laboratory, and place a temporary restoration. In about two weeks, you’ll return to our office to have your custom-made metal free crown or bridge bonded permanently into place.
Why Choose Metal Free Restorations Over Traditional Restorations?
There are plenty of reasons why patients and dentists alike recommend metal free restorations over their traditional counterparts, including:
- Life-like appearance that’s practically indistinguishable from natural teeth.
- Reliable strength and durability that’s comparable to metal restorations.
- 100% metal and mercury free make them a healthy choice and ideal for those with metal allergies.
- Tooth-colored materials generally require less enamel removal and don’t expand or contract when exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
How Much Do Metal Free Restorations Cost?
Despite their many advantages, metal free restorations cost about the same as traditional ones. However, it is important to keep in mind that the specific material used to create your meta free restoration will have a bearing on the final price, as will several other important factors. In most cases, dental insurance companies are willing to cover at least half of the price of metal free restorations. Our experienced team will be happy to give you a personalized estimate during your consultation, and we’ll be happy to review the details of your dental insurance policy as well to ensure your benefits are being maximized.