Our office uses tooth-colored composite resin materials for the majority of the dental fillings we place. We will also use amalgam when it is indicated, and porcelain or resin inlays and onlays if larger amounts of tooth structure are missing.
By using the newest bonding techniques, we will restore your teeth to a natural look and feel. Some of our composite filling materials actually release fluoride to help prevent decay. The resin materials wear at a rate close to that of natural teeth and since they are bonded, they generally do not require extensive preparation, unlike that needed for amalgam, thereby keeping the tooth stronger. The result is a more esthetic and pleasing smile!
ADVANTAGES OF TOOTH-COLORED RESTORATIONS
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger. Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
REPLACING SILVER FILLINGS WITH A TOOTH COLORED RESTORATION
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
The temporary onlay is removed.
A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high-intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!