Tooth Colored Fillings

A cavity is the result of the acid produced by bacteria. Like the damage termites cause to wood. The size of the cavity will determine the type of filling or crown needed to repair your tooth.

With today's advancements, dentistry is now provides you with alternatives in dental fillings to create functional, long-lasting, and natural-looking results. We offer a variety of different types of fillings (bondings), such as tooth-colored composite resin fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays.

It is important to detect and treat cavities as soon as possible. The sooner they are detected, the more conservative the treatment can be. Smaller fillings last longer and are less costly. Delaying treatment can lead to pain, higher costs, and more complex treatment.  We recommend yearly digital x-rays and cleaning appointments every six months.

Bonding & Composite Resins

Bonding of composite resins is ideal for small corrections, in which most of the tooth is healthy and stable. It can be used to correct a wide variety of problems, including minor decay, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, discoloration and crooked teeth. 

Composite resins are a more esthetically-pleasing alternative for bonding to metal fillings or restorations. They have similar characteristics to a tooth's natural enamel, and their color can be adjusted to match the particular color of your teeth. 

Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that can provide astounding improvements in the appearance of your teeth. 

Procedure

Dental bonding procedures can usually be completed in one or two office visits. For minor alterations, the resin can be matched to your teeth while you are in the office. For more extensive alterations, an impression of the area needs to be taken and sent to a lab, where the final restoration will be constructed. Larger, custom-designed restorations are usually composed of porcelain, rather than composite resin. Your custom restoration is bonded to the teeth on a second visit. 

During the bonding procedure, a mild etching solution is first applied to the area of natural tooth enamel to receive the restoration. This solution roughens the surface which allows for a stronger bond between the tooth and resin. 

Next, the resin is placed on the tooth and treated with ultraviolet light that activates bonding. Your dentist then sculpts the resin to the desired shape and polishes the area.

Inlays & Onlays

When more than half of a tooth is damaged, we may advise replacing the damaged structure with an inlay or onlay. Many times these are conservative alternatives to crowns and fillings.

If the damage is minimal, inlays are appropriate. When the damage is more extensive (but not enough to warrant replacement with a crown) onlays may be best.

Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resins that are bonded directly to the teeth. These materials are much stronger than traditional blended-metal fillings and can help prevent further decay or damage.

Procedure

First, we will remove the damaged areas (or old fillings). He then takes an impression, which is sent to a dental lab where the restoration is constructed.

After the inlay is completed, we will check for proper fit, then bond the well-fitted onlay or inlay to your tooth with a strong resin.