Metal-free fillings are made from a robust, tooth-colored mixture of plastic and glass. They provide a natural look for your front and back teeth.
Also known as composite resins, metal-free fillings are an ideal choice for small to medium-size fillings. However, depending on the size and location of your cavities, they might not be as durable as metal-based amalgam fillings.
Larger cavities in areas stressed by frequent chewing could require different treatment options, such as a crown or bridge.
After drilling and preparing your tooth, Dr. Koo applies the metal-free composite in layers, drying and hardening each one with a special light. When the composite is complete, she shapes and polishes your tooth.
Bear in mind that this process takes longer than traditional amalgam fillings.
Numerous studies report that some patients experience heightened sensitivity — and occasional pain — after receiving a metal-free filling. However, in most cases, patients don't have more postoperative sensitivity than those receiving amalgam fillings.
Dr. Koo goes to great lengths to ensure that your metal-free filling blends seamlessly into your tooth. Working in a clinic equipped with color-corrected lighting, she precisely matches your natural shade. When the procedure is complete, your filling is virtually invisible.
Be sure to tell Dr. Koo if you regularly drink coffee or tea, because the filling could discolor over time. To prevent that, she can apply an additional plastic coating that helps preserve the color.
When used for smaller cavities, metal-free fillings can last a long time. In fact, since the composite material bonds to your tooth, it structurally supports and reinforces it.
Some studies demonstrate that larger metal-free fillings aren't as durable as silver or gold amalgams. When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Koo assesses your cavity and other oral health issues and determines the most appropriate treatment options for you.
Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Catherine Koo at Dentistry in Frisco to improve the health of your teeth and beauty of your smile with metal-free fillings.
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