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Metal Free Bonded
Restorations in Surat

Metal-free restorations are typically made of Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate (eMax), a strong material that bears a close resemblance to natural tooth enamel. Both materials are highly regarded for their durability and strength, as well as their ability to bond securely to tooth structures when cemented.

Dentists who specialise in biomimetic dentistry offers different types of metal-free restorations:

  • Crowns go on top of a tooth to restore its strength, structure, and function.
  • A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.
  • An inlay, onlay, or overlay type of restoration that fits over one or more of a tooth’s cusps and fills in a decayed area.

Although these materials may be more expensive than standard filling materials or crowns, the benefits are well worth it. By approaching oral health care with a biomimetic approach, at Nxtdent, we have significantly reduced the need for tooth removal or grinding down of teeth as compared to conventional dentistry. This means that patients can enjoy longer-lasting and more natural-looking results, while also minimising the risk of future dental problems.

6 Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations

The aesthetic appeal of metal-free restorations is their best-known advantage. However, they offer numerous other benefits:

  • Metal-free restorations have a low thermal conductivity rate, which helps to prevent tooth sensitivity. It allows you to enjoy a more comfortable eating and drinking experience.
  • Metal-free restorations do not interact with MRIs, and also do not respond to magnetic fields.
  • Dental porcelain is hypoallergenic. Even people with severe metal allergies are able to tolerate it.
  • Metal-free restorations have the potential to last for ten years or longer with proper care.
  • Porcelain is non-porous, which means that it will not stain. Your restoration should maintain its beauty for as long as you have it!
  • Metal-free restorations are bonded with teeth which are much stronger adhesives as compared to any other types of cement. It means you can eat anything you like without a crown coming out.

These biomimetic dental restorations closely imitate the natural properties of teeth, including their strength, flexibility, and ability to withstand the forces of chewing. It even reflects light in a manner that is similar to real teeth, helping it to blend in seamlessly with the dentition around it. Such restorations emphasise more on maintaining the foundational health of your tooth structure, rather than simply addressing cosmetic or functional concerns.

Lithium-Disilicate versus Zirconia - which is better?

Non-metal dental crowns have lasted anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even more. The most solid answer would be “Ten years,” because these crowns need to be replaced as part of regular wear-and-tear. Overall, metal-free dental restorations offer a safer, durable, more conservative, and highly aesthetic alternative to traditional restorative techniques making them a top choice for many patients. Here are some differences between the two:

Material: Zirconia is a type of ceramic that is incredibly strong and durable, while eMax is a type of glass ceramic that is known for its aesthetic properties.


Strength: Zirconia offers superior strength and durability for dental crowns. It is at least three times stronger than porcelain or PFM restorations. Unlike porcelain, zirconia can withstand wear and tear without chipping, which is why zirconia restorations tolerate extreme chewing and bruxism. This makes it ideal for use in the posterior teeth where the bite force is higher. Emax, on the other hand, is more brittle and may be more suitable for use in the front teeth.

Aesthetics: While both materials can provide good aesthetics, eMax has a more natural translucency and colour matching properties that can make it a better choice for front teeth. Emax crowns are preferred by those who are looking for real smiles. Zirconia though has a natural look but performs better when they are used to hide discolorations.

Preparation: Both types of crowns require tooth preparation, but eMax can be milled using CAD/CAM technology, which can minimise the amount of tooth reduction required. In addition to its inherent material properties, zirconia do require a greater thickness and a slightly more aggressive tooth reduction for material stability, while Emax ceramic glass allows for more conservative tooth preparation.

Bonding: Zirconia doesn't bond to the tooth structure and it often wears off the opposite dentition of contact if not well polished. Unlike Lithium-disilicate, zirconia is cemented on the tooth surface with dental adhesives.

Ultimately, the choice between zirconia and eMax crowns will depend on the individual patient's needs and preferences, as well as the dentist's recommendation based on the location of the tooth being restored, the amount of tooth reduction required, and the desired aesthetics. These crowns typically last up to 10 years. In addition to the materials used, your eating habits affect the lifespan of the restoration.Book An Appointment

If you are interested in receiving a metal-free restoration, either to repair a tooth or replace old, metal dental work, visit Nxtdent Dental Clinic for customising the best option for your smile with Dr. Desai. After thoroughly examining your teeth, he will recommend a material and treatment that is best for your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ankit Desai, your general and cosmetic dentist in surat.

To book an appointment Call us on +91 90167 34441 / 83201 03600 We certainly will make your appointment smooth and safe.