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Metal-free Dentistry

Patients who have had areas of tooth decay, in the past and even presently, may have had their cavities restored with metal fillings. Metal, along with silver amalgam, were once popular materials used for filling tooth decay. While these materials are strong, there are a few concerns that can arise. Silver amalgam fillings have approximately 50% mercury in them and some patients may develop mercury toxicity due to the high levels of mercury in the filling. Additionally, metal (amalgam) fillings are known to expand over time thus causing cracks in the surrounding tooth structure. This can lead to tooth decay along the crack, the need for larger fillings, crowns, and even the need for a root canal treatment. Lastly, some patients also report a higher rate of cold sensitivity in teeth treated with metal (amalgam) fillings. 

At North Aurora Smiles all our fillings are metal and mercury-free, getting the best of both worlds, esthetically pleasing and durable.

Non-Metal Crowns

In the past the majority of the porcelain crowns had a metal substructure. The benefit of adding metal to these crowns is that it gives the porcelain greater durability to withstand the chewing forces on back teeth. However, with these crowns the porcelain over the metal would often wear, exposing the unsightly metal. The porcelain was prone to chipping off the metal and the chipped porcelain many times became a food trap leading to tooth decay under the crown and/or gum issues like gingivitis or bone loss. Additionally, some patients had allergies to the metal in the substructure which resulted in chronic gum irritation or recession, exposing the metal at the gumline which was very unesthetic. 

At North Aurora Smiles all our porcelain crowns are metal-free and are much stronger than the old metal to porcelain crowns.

At North Aurora Smiles we also offer aesthetic non-metal partial dentures for those patients looking to replace missing teeth. Many times the metal of traditional partial dentures is visible in the smile. The Duraflex Partial is both retentive, durable,  and esthetically pleasing. This gives the patient the comfort in knowing they can chew and smile with confidence.

Non-Metal Partial Dentures

Unfortunately, the metal in the fillings, crowns, and partial dentures are unsightly, appearing dark within the smile and highly noticeable to others. With continued advances in dentistry, we now can provide more aesthetic restorations using materials such as porcelain, ceramic, and composite resin.

What can I expect from my switch to metal-free dentistry?

During an initial evaluation our dentists will discuss with our patients the process of removing these restorations and replacing them with more conservative and beautiful alternatives. 

Are you ready for a beautiful smile?

If you are unhappy with past metal restorations and are looking to replace them with more aesthetic alternatives, contact the North Aurora Smiles team. Drs. Hammad Aziz and Todd Spragg of North Aurora, IL, are committed to offering restorations that are not only effective but beautiful! Call the office at (630) 984-2223 to request a consultation visit with our team of professionals at 601 Randall Crossing Lane. With cosmetic, metal-free dentistry, everyone can have a smile that is natural-looking and attractive!

North Aurora Smiles, IL

North Aurora Smiles

North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.

Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.

Dr. Todd Spragg graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is certified in orthodontic aligner therapy and Botox/Dermal Fillers. Dr. Spragg is dedicated to providing quality cosmetic and restorative dental care to patients of all ages.