Dental Fillings An Overview
At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our focus is on achieving natural looking, long lasting results. For dental fillings, we use tooth colored materials. Depending on your specific condition, she may opt to use tooth-colored resin or porcelain.
Tooth colored dental fillings are the standard in modern dentistry. They provide long term strength and durability with a virtually invisible appearance. Both dental resin and porcelain come in a range of tooth colored shades for a perfect match.
Patients who have developed cavities, have damaged or decaying metal fillings or who simply want to brighten up their smile can be offered several treatment options:
- Composite resin dental fillings: referred to as “white fillings”. This biocompatible resin material will be matched to a patient’s tooth for a filling that can blend with a patient’s natural smile.
- Dental inlay: for patients with fillings that are degrading because of a damaged tooth, Dr. Brown may suggest the use of a porcelain inlay. It will create a more durable and comfortable repair. An inlay is is designed to fit the inner contours of your tooth, and fill any decayed areas.
- Dental onlay: similar to an inlay, the dental onlay is prepared in much the same way, but is designed to cover the entire biting surface of a tooth.
- Dental crowns: Dr. Brown may recommend using a dental crown in cases where the structure of the tooth is significantly compromised by decay. Once the old filling is removed, the tooth is prepared for a crown. It will fit over the tooth like a cap providing strength and durability.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
Many patients have old, dark metal dental fillings that can begin to break down with age or cause them to hide their smile. “White” fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin which is applied directly to the tooth. Resin dental fillings are typically used if you have minor decay or damage. Resin dental fillings are long lasting but not permanent. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to protect the tooth from future damage.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings are categorized as either onlays or inlays. These are used if you have more significant decay or damage to the tooth. The porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. These types of dental fillings are permanently bonded to the tooth and typically last for many years with proper care.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Your dentist can replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings to give your smile a more natural look and feel. Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings or metal margins around the gum line.
No one will know you have a dental filling with resin or porcelain restorations. Both types of white fillings offer superior cleaning ability for easy care and maintenance.
If you have old metal fillings or suspect you need a dental filling, contact Lanier Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. Our office is conveniently located in Buford, Georgia and we gladly see patients from the entire surrounding areas of Braselton, Flowery Branch, and Lawrenceville.