Tooth-colored dental fillings help repair cavities.
When a tooth develops a cavity, we use tooth-colored fillings to protect the tooth and prevent further decay.
We create tooth-colored restorations, also called resin onlays, which are bonded to the teeth creating a tight fit to your natural tooth. The resin wears just like your natural teeth. And, it does not require placement directly at your gum line, which makes the resin healthier for your mouth and gums. It helps strengthen the newly built tooth to keep it stronger, longer.
What’s the difference between a filling vs inlay vs onlay vs crown?
We get this question a lot. While there are some similarities between fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns, there are some key factors that help us decide which treatment to use on your tooth.
- A filling is the most basic dental restoration we can perform on a tooth. Once decay is found, the tooth is drilled out to get rid of the decay. Then, the open area of the tooth is filled with a composite white material.
- An inlay is used when the cavity is too large for a simple filing. The inlay is fabricated as a whole piece that fits the specific shape and size of the cavity. Then, the inlay is cemented in place on the tooth.
- An onlay is more than an inlay but not a crown. Like an inlay, it is fabricated as a whole piece but it also covers the cusp of the tooth.
- A crown is more like a replacement for a tooth, rather than just a “cover” for the tooth. After the decay is removed, a “cap,” which is the crown is placed over the entire tooth.
Should I have my silver fillings replaced?
Many people still have silver fillings. We recommend that you replace these fillings with white tooth fillings to improve the aesthetic appearance in your mouth, but certainly if you are experiencing problems or pain. Silver fillings do have drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, weaken or even break. Due to age, these fillings also can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
If you have questions about replacing your silver fillings or want to learn more about our tooth-colored restorations, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Learn more about replacing silver fillings.
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