Why your Austin holistic dentist avoids metal dental crowns
For a great many years, dental materials were not brought into question by consumers nor by most dentists. Such restorative materials have been commonly used since well before the 20th Century and, in some practices, continue to be seen as efficient, affordable, and safe. We are pleased to see the conversation regarding the use of amalgam and metal alloy spans the globe today; with a strong push now taking place to end the use of these substances.
In our Austin dental practice, patients requiring repair with fillings or dental crowns are treated with regard to long-term functionality, natural beauty, and the effects of dental materials on oral tissue and the body, as a whole.
The concern with metal alloy
Many people are beginning to see why they may not want amalgam fillings in their teeth. This material, with its high mercury content, poses a risk not only to the repaired tooth but to long term health and wellness through constant exposure. Metal alloy, used in crowns, is one of those substances that may not be questioned. Dr. Griffin Cole, with an extensive background in biocompatible, holistic dentistry, understands there is good reason to carefully consider materials used in dental repair.
Metal alloy contains a number of different metals all melded together. On the basis of durability alone, this mixture is considered suitable for tooth repair. The composition of alloy; however, is precisely its downfall. Metals expand when they are heated and they contract when cooled. Chewing, due to friction, heats teeth, or their metal restorations. The expansion of metal will surpass that of enamel. Similarly, metal contracts more aggressively than enamel setting the stage for damage.
Metal free crowns more attractive and more efficient
The goal of biocompatible dentistry is to mimic the natural oral structure as much as possible. This means using materials that not only look like enamel but also move in a similar fashion. Dr. Cole does not incorporate metal into restoration with fillings or with dental crowns. Instead, our patients are treated with a kinder, gentler material; zirconium.
Zirconium is derived from metal but shares many characteristics with enamel making it a wonderful restorative material. While this substance is similar to porcelain, another common restorative material, in terms of translucency and reflection of light, zirconium is stronger; therefore, creates a longer lasting repair.
Above all, our priority is to achieve the most natural looking, most naturally compatible restoration for each individual patient. Call our office today to schedule your personal consultation with Austin biological dentist Dr. Griffin Cole.