metal free dentistry

Metal-Free Dentistry

Steel and other metals have been the standard materials used in dental crowns and bridges for many years. But today there’s a trend towards metal-free dentistry. 

Although some dentists still use metal, the modern dentist will most likely tend to choose one of the newer non-metal alternatives such as glass, resin, porcelain or quartz. This is because these materials are:

  • Colour-matched to your neighboring teeth
  • Slightly translucent like natural teeth
  • As strong as real teeth
  • Longer-lasting than metal
  • Less expensive than metal

Another advantage non-metal dental work has over metal is less pain when drinking hot or cold beverages — since the new materials don’t conduct heat or cold. Find out more at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.