For a strong, long-lasting restoration that looks completely natural, Dr. Walker places metal-free dental fillings in our Chandler, AZ office. Metal-free fillings are placed to preserve and protect a tooth damaged by cavities, or may be recommended as a replacement for traditional metal amalgam fillings. Metal-free fillings are a conservative restoration that sustains more of the natural tooth structure and builds strength in a way that will go unnoticed by you and those around you.
In the past, the only way to fill a cavity was with the use of a metal amalgam restoration material. Not only does this type of filling look ugly, it can be damaging to the tooth. Much like mercury in a thermometer, metal amalgam is known to expand and contract with temperature changes such as hot or cold foods. This shift in size can weaken the tooth structure and can lead to fractures or even breaks in the tooth. It may also lead to the possibility for decay-causing bacteria to become trapped beneath the filling, which can worsen the decay and make the cavity larger.
Metal-free fillings look better and bond better to the tooth, making them a much more ideal restoration than metal amalgam fillings. Composed of composite resin materials, a metal-free filling can be color-matched by Dr. Walker so that it blends with the natural tooth color. The strong bonding properties of a metal-free filling make it a sturdy restoration that will last many years. Because of the way the composite material is bonded to the tooth, there is minimal need to remove much of the natural tooth structure compared to a metal amalgam filling, which is why it’s considered a more conservative restoration.
Inlays and Onlays
What sets Robert F. Walker Jr. DDS apart from many dentists in Chandler is his desire to always take the most conservative approach to restoring smiles. Inlays and onlays are tooth restorations that help regain your oral health while being more conservative than a porcelain crown. With minimal prep-work to your existing tooth structure, the result is a strong, long-lasting restoration that looks completely natural.
Inlays and onlays provide a precise fit and strong bond to the natural tooth for optimal preservation and protection of a damaged tooth. An inlay is used much like a standard filling, to fill in spaces within the cusps of the teeth caused by cavities and decay. An onlay is used in cases of more extensive damage, and may cover much or the entire tooth surface, including one or more cusps.
If you’re in need of an inlay or an onlay schedule an appointment with Dr. Walker!
Dr. Walker works side-by-side with a talented dental lab to create inlays and onlays that fit the unique cusps of your teeth for maximum protection and a natural-looking appearance. They are designed of ceramic materials that can be custom-matched to the translucency and color of your enamel. These materials are very strong and stain-resistant, making each restoration long-lasting in both function and appearance. With the expertise of our dentist and lab, your inlay or onlay will provide you the best protection and natural appearance, meant to strengthen and protect your natural tooth structure for a lifetime.
Metal-free dental fillings and inlays and onlays protect your natural smile in a way that is efficient and discreet. Contact our office to schedule your appointment with Robert F. Walker Jr. DDS. We believe your smile deserves the best dentist Gilbert, AZ has to offer!