A Composite filling is a tooth colored filling that is used to repair a tooth that has been chipped, cracked, or affected by decay. Whenever possible, we will place a white filling for you. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite fillings are usually completed in one office visit. They can be shaped and polished to return your damaged tooth to its natural shape and function. In instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost, Porcelain inlays onlays or crowns can be placed to create a superior and longer lasting restoration.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums! On occasion, some patients may experience some sensitivity after filling placement. This is normal and most often subsides quickly.
The result is a beautiful smile!