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Metal-Free Restorations – Castle Rock, WA

Tooth Repair for a More Pleasing Aesthetic

In the past, traditional amalgam was the only viable option for repairing decayed or damaged teeth. While the use of metal proved to create durable restorations, they left much to be desired. From the dark rings that can form at the base of a tooth to the unwelcomed spotlight many patients experienced when attempting to smile or talk, it’s no surprise that many dental professionals are turning to an alternative solution. With metal-free restorations in Castle Rock, Dr. Kennington can easily repair and restore a decayed or damaged tooth while improving a person’s aesthetic at the same time. If you’d like to learn more about these unique solutions, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Cowlitz River Dental for Metal-Free Restorations?

  • Advanced Dental Technology for More Accurate and Convenient Care
  • Sedation Dentistry for Anxious Patients
  • Dental Insurance Welcome and Financing Available

What Are Metal-Free Restorations?

An up-close view of a metal-free dental crown sitting on the lower arch of a mouth mold in Castle RockMetal-free restorations are customized dental crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and fillings that can be used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Using materials that allow for a translucent appearance, these restorations not only look natural, but they are durable and biocompatible, which makes them an ideal solution for individuals with allergies and sensitivities to metal.

How Do Metal-Free Restorations Work?

A before and after image of a person’s decayed tooth and the metal-free filling used to repair it in Castle RockReceiving metal-free restorations requires scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kennington. It is during this visit that he will examine the problem area and capture images, which will be used to prepare a personalized treatment plan. Once you are satisfied with the recommended restoration he plans to use, he will begin by preparing your tooth. Depending on the type of restoration you receive, this may include removing decayed or damaged portions of your tooth structure. He may also be required to reshape your tooth or perform a more extensive root canal.

Once your tooth is fully prepped, he will take impressions of the area, which will be used to create a customized crown, bridge, inlay, or onlay. If preferred, we may be able to create the restoration in-house using our milling unit. This can reduce the amount of time it takes to receive your custom restoration, allowing you to leave the same day with a fully restored smile.

If your tooth only requires a filling, Dr. Kennington will use composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color and fill in the cavity. Using a curing light to harden the resin, he will give your tooth a final polish before giving you the green light to start enjoying your new smile.

Why Would I Opt for Metal-Free Restorations Over Traditional Restorations?

A digital image of a metal-free dental bridge being placed on the lower arch of the mouth in Castle RockIf you’re wondering why it’s better to opt for metal-free restorations over traditional ones, you’ll be pleased to learn that:

  • Metal-free restorations allow for a more natural appearance. Instead of feeling embarrassed by your amalgam filling or crown, you can smile more confidently because your restoration will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
  • Metal-free restorations are durable and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
  • Metal-free restorations are a great solution for individuals who are allergic to metal, and they are biocompatible, making them a better option for the environment.

Cost of Metal-Free Restorations

A male patient looks at his newly repaired smile in Castle RockEvery patient is different, so the cost of your metal-free restoration will be dependent upon various factors. When creating a cost estimate for your treatment, Dr. Kennington will consider the severity of your decay and/or damage, the location of the tooth, whether the restoration will be created in-house or by an outside dental lab, and the type of restoration you will need.

Our team at Cowlitz River Dental will be happy to go over the cost of your treatment with you and help you to maximize your dental insurance benefits. After reviewing your policy and determining your out-of-pocket expenses, we can help you apply for flexible financing if necessary.