We offer highly aesthetic options including tooth colored fillings, porcelain inlays/onlays and crowns.
Teeth that have decay, fractures or are misshapen may require restoration with a filling.
The materials used for the filling will depend on the situation and desired aesthetics.
At our office we offer highly aesthetic options including: tooth colored fillings, porcelain inlays/onlays, and crowns.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite is a tooth-colored material used to fill the areas damaged by cavities. The decay is removed and the composite is packed into the area and bonded into place. The resin filling allows for a tight fit to the natural tooth. Some tooth-colored filling materials contain anti-cavity ingredients and are placed in areas that are difficult to clean or need additional protection.
Inlays and Onlays
For larger areas affected by a cavity, porcelain inlays and onlays can be used. They are a stronger alternative to a filling but more conservative for the tooth structure than a crown. The process includes removing the decay, digitally scanning the area and using a CAD-CAM CEREC platform to make the restoration. Once milled, the restoration is bonded into place. This is an in-office service completed in one visit. Crown restorations are made in a similar process.
Silver Amalgam Restorations
In some circumstances old amalgam restorations must be replaced. They can wear down, fracture or leak and stain. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with stronger tooth-colored restorations. We take great care to safely remove these old amalgams.