Metal-free restorations look very natural and blend beautifully into surrounding teeth for a durable, long-lasting and invisible solution. We proudly offer metal-free restorations at Exceptional Dentistry, including:
Teeth lose strength when they develop fractures or have had extensive repair due to decay. This loss of strength can affect how your teeth function. A porcelain crown strengthens the tooth and preserves its remaining, healthy part. This helps to prevent tooth loss or extraction. With porcelain crowns restoring your damaged teeth, you can enjoy all your favorite foods once again, along with excellent dental and general health.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom-crafted porcelain fillings. Rather than being applied directly to the tooth like white fillings or the old metal fillings, they are made in our dental laboratory according to our dentists' instructions. Then when the tooth has been completely cleared of all decay and debris, they are placed in the cavity, where they fit exactly. Then the dentist bonds them to the tooth, so that now they are a part of that tooth and will hold it together strongly. Your inlay or onlay will be made from a porcelain that matches your teeth so closely that nobody will know you have a filling.
White composite fillings are a quick procedure, done chairside with no laboratory involved. The composite is hardened with a curing light once it is well-placed. It will match your tooth color very closely and help strengthen the filled tooth.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth, restoring both function and beauty to your smile. Your beautiful bridge is custom-crafted in our state-of-the-art dental laboratory.
Three types of dental bridges are available: the conventional bridge, cantilever bridge and resin-bonded bridge. They are attached in different ways, according to what your dental conditions require.
The Problem with Metal Fillings
At Exceptional Dentistry we do not offer metal fillings. It has been determined that they contribute to tooth fractures. A metal filling is tightly packed into the cavity to hold it in place. Over time, the filling contracts and expands in response to hot and cold food and drink. This contraction and expansion eventually causes a fracture in the tooth. Porcelain fillings are temperature-resistant and bonded to the tooth for added strength to prevent fractures.
Metal-free restorations protect your health and create your most beautiful smile. Is one of these advanced procedures right for you? To schedule your dental evaluation, please call 563-556-2711 or email our office serving Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa, and Galena, Illinois.