Fillings & Crowns
Metal-Free Dental Restorations
At Boise Caring Dentistry, we never place metal restorations. We opt for healthier, biocompatible materials that look and function more like natural tooth structure and are extremely strong and durable.
When a filling is needed, we use tooth-colored composite resin that is BPA- and fluoride-free. If the decay or damage is extensive enough to require an inlay, onlay, or crown, we make them in our own in-house lab from high quality zirconia using the latest in CAD/CAM technology. This allows us an extraordinarily high level of quality of control.
Crowns typically require two visits. At the first, we take digital impressions, prepare the tooth, and provide a temporary. Because each crown she makes is machine-milled and polished on site, it can be fitted and cemented within days rather than the two weeks it usually takes to get work back from an off-site dental lab.
Our patients find the whole process both comfortable and convenient, and they are extremely pleased with the natural look and function of their restored tooth.
If there is ever any question about whether a certain material we’re considering is appropriate for you, we can order serum biocompatibility testing to help identify the materials you are least likely to have sensitivities to.
For this test, you simply provide a small sample of your blood for laboratory testing. The assessment looks at nearly 100 chemical groups that are commonly used in dental materials. The findings for those groups are then compared to a database of over 17,000 brand name materials to identify those you may be most and least reactive to. The report that’s generated is then sent to us to guide our decision making.
We strongly recommend biocompatibility testing for anyone with a history of allergies or sensitivities, or other chronic health problems in which dental conditions are known to play a potential role.