Keep your smile healthy and beautiful with natural-looking restorations. At Diamond Spring Dental, our dentists can repair cavities with tooth colored, composite resin fillings instead of traditional amalgam, which is sometimes called silver. Areas of extensive decay may require a larger restoration, a ceramic inlay or onlay, to return a tooth’s function, structure, and attractive appearance. Inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab, and they fit into a prepared tooth much like a puzzle piece.
What are the benefits of tooth colored fillings and dental inlays and onlays?
Tooth colored fillings are becoming very popular among our patients in Denville, NJ because they look very natural and are more aesthetically pleasing compared to the traditional silver amalgam. This will benefit those who have damage on areas that will show when you smile or open your mouth.
Inlays and onlays are very durable dental restorations and can help strengthen your teeth to up to 75% compared to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Inlays and onlays are made from very durable dental material that can last to up to 30 years with proper care.
What are tooth-colored fillings, dental inlays and onlays procedures like?
Tooth colored fillings are the easiest way to treat and stop tooth decay from creating further damage. After numbing the area, your dentist will remove all traces of decay. The open cavity will be filled with composite filling and special light will be applied to harden the material. The tooth colored filling will be shaped to resemble the shape of the natural tooth.
Inlays and onlays procedures are essentially the same. Your first visit will involve preparing the tooth for receiving the inlay and onlays. The area will be numbed and your dentist will remove all traces of tooth decay. After the tooth is prepared, a dental impression will be taken and this will be sent to our dental laboratory in Denville, NJ for the fabrication of your inlays and onlays. While waiting for your inlays and onlays to be made, your dentist will be placing temporary restorations like a cover or filling to protect the tooth.
Once your inlays and onlays are ready, you will be called back in for the final phase of the treatment. The temporary restoration will be removed and the inlays and onlays will be fitted. Your inlays and onlays will be bonded permanently to your tooth using a very strong resin adhesive and will be polished for a more pleasing appearance.
Left alone, tooth decay cannot “get better,” but it can cause more damage to the affected tooth or surrounding teeth. If you or a family member has tooth pain, an obvious cavity, or worn dental work, call Diamond Springs Dental Associates today to schedule a convenient appointment. Diamond Spring Dental Associates serves patients in Boonton, Denville, Parsippany, Mountain Lakes, and the surrounding areas with excellent clinical care.
For more information about Tooth Colored Fillings by calling our office at 973.542.2742or click here to schedule a consultation today.