At Pasadena Dental Aesthetics we are a metal-free practice. No matter what the procedure—fillings, crowns, porcelain inlays and onlays, even bridgework—Dr. Azarbal can do it without any metal.
For some patients metal is not an option. They may have reactions to metal in their mouth. Others are uncomfortable with the mercury found in amalgam (silver) fillings. Instead of amalgam fillings, we can place white composite fillings. These have several advantages.
- They require less removal of the natural tooth than traditional amalgam fillings.
- Because they are bonded directly to the tooth, they strengthen the tooth structure.
- They have a much more natural appearance.
Metal-Free Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Based on an impression of your tooth, a porcelain inlay is made to treat decay within the top projections of the tooth. A porcelain onlay treats decay that extends outward to the top projections of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory, based on the impression of your tooth and information provided by Dr. Azarbal. They are alternatives to metal-based fillings.
In the past when porcelain was used for a crown, it had to be baked onto a metal foundation. This has some disadvantages. Because of the need to cover the metal, the crowns required a more opaque layer, which detracts from the porcelain’s natural beauty. So, what would normally be a great way to mimic the beauty of natural teeth can end up looking fake.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns often develop a black line at the gumline. Though dentists try to hide this with a “porcelain butt margin” to make it less noticeable, the lines are still there.
Fortunately, through new bonding technology, we can now place all porcelain crowns without the need for a metal foundation. The natural translucency and gloss of the porcelain creates a more beautiful, natural-looking smile.
If you’re looking for a metal-free dentist, call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.