Today’s dental fillings are usually “white fillings”, made of composite dental resin. These white dental fillings are the standard not only in cosmetic dentistry, but in the entire field of modern dentistry, because they offer superior beauty and durability to traditional silver fillings (amalgam).
Benefits of composite dental fillings:
- Good durability for long lasting results
- Environmentally friendly and non-toxic
- Made of bio-compatible materials
- Bonded directly to the tooth, making them stronger when compared to amalgam
- Require little to no tooth preparation
- Virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth structure
- Available in a rainbow of tooth colored shades
Composite resin dental fillings are known as direct restorations because the resin is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted by hand. Composite resin offers a translucency that matches natural teeth, so people won’t notice your dental fillings. Composite resin dental fillings can be placed in a single visit.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
- Used when there is extensive decay or damage to a tooth or to replace an existing filling that is very large
- Are called an indirect restoration because they are fabricated in a dental laboratory and made from porcelain
- These custom-made restorations usually require two visits to complete
- If the damage is significant decay or damage to the tooth or it is weakened by older silver fillings, a dental crown may be required to reinforce the tooth
If you have an old silver filling that needs to be replace or suspect you need a new dental fillings, contact our office to schedule a consultation.