Fillings / Restorations
A dental restoration or dental filling is a biocompatible restorative material that is used to restore teeth back to their normal function and form. They are primarily used to fill cavities, and also to restore badly damaged teeth to their original shape and functionality.
Silver or Mercury fillings may always stand out and look displeasing among the crowd. They also pose a danger of causing toxic reactions to the tissues of the mouth. Porcelain inlays and onlays (Tooth-colored restorations) can be used as restorations that add strength to weakened teeth. Also, they are aesthetically pleasing.
Tooth Colored Restorations
Tooth-colored restorations or onlays are easy-to-fit restorations that improve not only the teeth’s aesthetics but also their functionality. Onlays made of resinous material are bonded to the cusp of the teeth, creating a durable and strong fitting restoration. They are used in situations where a majority of the patient’s tooth structure has been worn off. The resin material used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, making them healthier for overall dental health.
How can we replace Silver fillings with Tooth-colored restorations?
Your silver fillings can now be replaced with tooth-colored restorations. They may require two sittings, where on your first visit, the dentist would smoothly remove the old filling and surrounding decay if any. Next, a perfect mold of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab to design your temporary onlay. When ready, it is meticulously fitted into the tooth’s structure.
During your second visit, the dentist would carefully remove the temporary onlay. Before receiving the newly designed onlay, a conditioning gel would be applied on the spot to prepare it for the new onlay. After the permanent onlay is fitted on the tooth with the help of dental cement, a curing light of high intensity will be used to cure the dental cement, thereby bonding the onlay permanently onto the tooth.
By using tooth-colored restorations, you can forget about your old dental fillings and rely on these for a stronger set of teeth! Visit our practice in Mountain View, CA today to schedule your appointment.