If you have an amalgam filling, our office can safely replace it. Reasons for doing so include if it ever becomes a health concern for you, or if it starts showing signs of deterioration. You may also want to replace it for simple cosmetic reasons. Although metal fillings are strong and durable, modern-day dentistry offers a different type of filling material that boasts a more natural appearance. Just as solid and reliable as their metal counterparts, tooth-colored restorations consist of composite resins that closely resemble the color and texture of your existing teeth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Tooth-colored restorations have many advantages, one of which is a superior fit. Resin onlays bond to teeth in such a way as to create an ultra-tight seal. This seal allows resin restorations to be used in cases involving severely deteriorated teeth.
Thanks to advancements in bonding technology, such restorations are incredibly strong, acting as reinforcement agents to weakened teeth.
These restorations are also helpful in preventing tooth decay because the resin contains fluoride. Wearing like natural teeth, tooth-colored restorations are also a healthy option for your gums, since they don’t have to be placed directly on the gum line.
All these advantages add up to one thing: a beautiful smile for a more confident you.
Placement of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Composite-resin fillings can be placed in a single appointment, but a tooth-colored restoration requires two visits.
At your first appointment we will:
- Remove your old filling, and any new decay
- Make an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to the lab. Once there, a technician will place a resin in the mold and create a matching onlay
- Give you a temporary onlay while your permanent one is being prepared
At your second appointment we will:
- Remove your temporary covering
- Apply a conditioning gel to your tooth to prime it for the onlay
- Apply bonding cement and expose it to a high-intensity light to bond the resin to your tooth
- Polish your tooth to a bright luster
At this point, your tooth-colored restoration will be complete, and your tooth will look and feel like a natural part of your beautiful smile.