A dental filling is used to replace damaged or diseased tooth structure, also known as cavities. We only use tooth colored filling materials at Atlantic Dental Associates to provide you with a healthy and esthetically beautiful smile.
Many people with teeth that have larger silver fillings may have had experience with these tooth fracturing. This is because the silver fillings rely on mechanical retention to stay in place, which often times lead to tooth fracture. White fillings bond to dentin and enamel, pulling the tooth together instead of wedging it apart. Replacing old, worn amalgam fillings before they break is advised.
Tooth colored fillings exist for every application of tooth restoration.
Inlays and Onlays
Oftentimes, a traditional filling will not suffice for replacing damaged tooth structure. However, we do not believe in crowning a tooth if it is not absolutely necessary. The same technology we have for creating same day crowns, we can also use to create inlays and onlays.
An inlay or onlay is like a large filling, except that it is made out of a much more durable ceramic and composite resin hybrid. An inlay is made of this material and involves the restoring of tooth structure that does not include a cusp; an onlay is a restoration made of the hybrid material listed above that does include a cusp.
The advantage of an inlay or onlay is that it allows us to offer our patients a more conservative restoration, where traditionally a crown would have been recommended.