Esthetically-Pleasing Replacements for Metal Fillings and Crowns

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Published on: May 11, 2012

Metal dental restorations were once very common, and many older patients have at least one silver-amalgam filling. While effective at restoring teeth, silver fillings and metal crowns are unattractive and can make you self-conscious about your appearance. To help you regain your confidence and maintain the integrity of your teeth, Dr. Seal can replace unsightly restorations with tooth-colored fillings or all-porcelain crowns.

Silver-Amalgam Fillings and Metal Crowns

Amalgam fillings are made from an alloy of silver, tin, copper, mercury, and other metals. Amalgam has been steeped in controversy in recent years because of its mercury content, with critics arguing that mercury vapors released from these fillings can contribute to chronic health problems. While the FDA has deemed amalgam fillings safe for everyone except pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under 6, many patients are opting to have these fillings replaced with more biocompatible options, for both health and esthetic reasons.

Crowns made of metals, including gold, palladium, silver, or nickel, are most often used on molars. While very durable tooth restoration options, metal crowns are conspicuous and unattractive. Even porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be unnatural looking, as they have a metal substructure and often show a gray edge along the gum line.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Dr. Seal can replace your old metal fillings and crowns with tooth-colored restorations. Composite resin fillings are shaded to match your tooth and polished until they achieve the same texture as a natural tooth, so no one will be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done. Dr. Seal can also replace your metal crowns with all-ceramic crowns. Unlike metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, your replacement crown is made entirely of biocompatible porcelain and will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

If you have questions about replacing your metal dental restorations, contact Dallas prosthodontist Dr. Greg Seal today at (214) 361-0883. With over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.