Decayed and damaged teeth require safe repair. For a long time, metal and other materials were used for fillings, crowns, and bridges, and some practices still utilize these materials to this day. However, at Grand Dental, we take advantage of metal-free restorations to restore teeth’s function and appearance. From tooth-colored fillings in Lockport to ceramic dental crowns, patients who need treatment no longer have to be concerned about dental sensitivity or the aesthetics of their smile. We take care of both! If you have teeth in need of repair, contact our team to schedule an appointment!
Metal-free restorations include dental fillings, crowns, and bridges that contain no metal whatsoever. While some dentists still use gold, nickel, and silver, at Grand Dental – Lockport we take advantage of more aesthetically pleasing options. We color-match our restorations to a patient’s smile, ensuring a more natural-looking result without sacrificing durability and functionality.
Getting a metal-free restoration is essentially the same as receiving a traditional gold, silver, or nickel restoration. In this process, the patient will be examined by a member of our Grand Dental – Lockport team and have their teeth thoroughly cleaned and any decayed or damaged structures removed. If a small cavity has afflicted the tooth, a composite resin filling is placed to restore it. This malleable, tooth-colored resin is then cured with a special light, which hardens the resin and creates a seal protecting the tooth.
For more extensive damage, a dental crown or bridge may be necessary. In either case, we then need to take digital impressions and send this information to a dental lab for fabrication. While we wait for the lab to create the custom restoration, we put a temporary crown over the vulnerable tooth or teeth and gap.
A person may want a metal-free restoration for the following reasons:
Each case involving a metal-free restoration costs a different fee, meaning there is not a set value for these solutions. Our dentists in Lockport first examine your smile and identify the various factors that contribute to a cost estimate. If you have dental insurance, this resource can help minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, covering between 50 or even up to 80% of the total cost. However, this depends on your insurer and your policy for metal-free restorations.
We are happy to help you maximize your benefits and offer alternative payment solutions for uninsured patients.