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Metal Fillings and Crowns

Metal fillings and crowns are used to fill a space where dental decay has been removed by your dentist to restore the appearance, strength, and structure of a tooth. With a metal dental filling or dental crown, it will help restore your tooth’s integrity while enjoying restored function and better oral health.

Metal Dental Fillings

Amalgam fillings are made from a variety of metals and are often referred to as silver or metal fillings. Silver or metal fillings are more noticeable compared to their composite counterpart. 

Discussing your options will help make an informed decision in achieving your beautiful smile.

Metal Dental Crowns

Metals used in dental crowns include alloys that have high content of gold or platinum, or base metal alloys. Metal crowns rarely chip or break and last the longest in comparison to other dental crown materials.

Stainless steel crowns are typically used as a temporary measure. This type of crown will temporarily protect the tooth while a permanent crown is being made from another material. Also, stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children to fit over their non-permanent tooth. When the tooth eventually falls out, the crown will fall out with it. Because having a stainless crown put in place requires only a single visit, it is more cost-effective and efficient for a child receiving treatment.

Gold or platinum alloy crowns are used to provide increased durability and endurance, mainly because they rarely chip or break. However, such crowns are more expensive than stainless steel.

Our staff can inform you of the pros and cons of different types of materials. If you need to schedule an appointment to decide between the types of fillings or dental crowns, contact Sunny Smiles today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

We Accept Most PPO Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • MeLife
  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Ameritas
  • Guardian
  • Southland

If you are in need of a flexible monthly payment option for dental services, find out if you are qualified for CareCredit. Applying is easy! It only takes 5 minutes to see if you are eligible. If you qualify, there are a variety of options available, so you can pay for your dental treatment.