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Metal-Free Dental Restorations – Katy, TX

Cosmetic Enhancement & Flawless Smile Repair

Young woman with flawless smileAt Katy Family Dentists, we believe a smile isn’t fully repaired until it looks as good as it feels. That’s why we often recommend metal-free dental restorations that allow us to recreate the appearance of your natural smile as well as restoring lost function. If you need to repair your smile following minor decay or damage or after more advanced oral health concerns, our Katy dentist and team are here to help you restore full form, function, and flawless appearance to your smile with metal-free dental crowns, bridges, and tooth-colored fillings. To get started, call our dental office in Katy to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our knowledgeable dentists. We’ll get started fully restoring every aspect of your smile right away. You don’t need to stay in pain or worry about the appearance of a damaged smile for long. We’re here to help.

What are Dental Crowns?

Model smile with dental crown restoration

Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of a tooth. Dental crowns are often used as part of a variety restorative and cosmetic dentistry and tooth replacement plans. They are available in a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, and zirconia. To ensure the most cosmetically superior results, we will usually recommend either all-ceramic or zirconia restorations.

Why Choose Metal-Free Crowns?

Tooth-colored dental crowns prior to placement

The most obvious reason why people choose a metal-free dental crown or other restoration is the appearance. These solutions offer results that closely mimic your natural smile. Even porcelain fused to metal restorations that start out looking like healthy tooth structure will darken and look less natural over time. A fully metal-free ceramic or zirconia restoration will maintain its natural appearance even after years of daily wear. If you’ve ever had an allergy or sensitivity to metal, these options may be the best option for you as well.

What is the Metal-Free Restoration Process?

Metal-free dental restorations, like those crafted from other materials, will need to be placed over the course of two trips to our dental office. During your first treatment appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth and design your restoration. Then, we capture bite impressions in order to design your restoration which will then be crafted by our dental lab. Before you leave the office, we’ll place a temporary to protect your smile. When we get the final restoration back from the lab, one of our team members will call to schedule your second appointment. During this follow up visit, we will simply remove your temporary and exchange it for the beautiful, custom restoration.

Do I Need to Care for My Smile Differently?

Man in dental chair giving thumbs up

For the most part, you won’t need to change your daily oral hygiene routine. However, we may recommend some minor adjustments to ensure the best results and help you maintain your flawlessly repaired smile as long as possible. Some steps you can take include:

  • Using a softer toothbrush and less abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear
  • Using a waxed floss to avoid pulling around the edges of your dental crown
  • Wearing protective mouthguards during athletic events and at night if you struggle with teeth grinding and clenching
  • Avoiding habits like chewing ice and biting fingernails or opening packaging with your teeth