Fillings & Crowns

When decayed or damaged need to be restored, Pride Dental can help – and do so in a way that supports your overall health and well-being.

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At Pride Dental in Arlington, biocompatibility reigns supreme. All of our restorations are entirely metal-free. This not only makes them more aesthetic, closely resembling your natural teeth; it’s the healthier option, as well. 

If there’s ever any question of which materials will be safest with respect to your unique biochemical and bioenergetic needs, biocompatibility testing can be done to identify materials you’re least likely to be reactive to.

Dental Fillings

When decay has broken through the enamel to the softer dentin it protects, the usual procedure is to remove the decay and fill the tooth. Fillings may also be done when a tooth becomes damaged in some way. 

As a mercury-free, mercury-safe practice, we NEVER use “silver” dental amalgam for fillings, which contain far more mercury than silver (about 50% by weight).  The tooth-colored composites we use for fillings contain no fluoride and are free of BPA and related compounds. 

The other virtue of composite fillings is that we don’t have to remove as much natural tooth structure to place them. This helps your teeth remain strong and sturdy. 

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Inlays & Onlays

When a tooth is damaged too much for a filling but not quite enough to justify a crown, it may be repaired with an inlay or onlay. 

Inlays fill the space between the cusps of the tooth being restored. Onlays fill that space, too, but also cover one or more cusps. Generally, onlays are needed when the tooth damage is more extensive.

The inlays and onlays we place may be made from either biocompatible composite or porcelain/ceramic. As with composite fillings, much more natural tooth structure is retained. This means less trauma to your tooth and a stronger, more stable and longer-lasting restoration.

Crowns

When decay is more extensive, a crown may be needed, which completely caps the tooth. They look – and function – like natural teeth. 

All of the crowns we place are 100% ceramic or porcelain. They’re never fused to metal, so you’ll never get dark lines showing through along the gum line. 

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