TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS | DENTAL INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Dental Inlays And Onlays
Tooth colored fillings are made of composite and ceramic compounds that are used to fill or fix decayed or broken teeth. White dental fillings can repair the tooth and restore natural function. If you see stains on the top or in-between your teeth, or you have sensitivity, you may be in need of a dental filling, be sure to ask Dr. Schlang at your next appointment.
DIRECT AND INDIRECT DENTAL FILLINGS
There are two methods for doing tooth colored composite fillings, direct and indirect. The direct method is for small cavities and can be done in a single appointment, sometimes without anesthetic. The indirect method is for large cavities or repairs, and may require two appointments. These restorations are called inlays and onlays, and can be made out of composite, ceramic, or a hybrid of the two materials. At the first appointment for an indirect dental filling, Dr. Schlang will clean and shape the tooth, and then scan the tooth with the CEREC system. Depending on the complexity of the filling, Dr. Schlang will either complete the procedure, or place a temporary and have you return the following week for the permanent restoration.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS
Composite material has several other advantages. Unlike silver fillings, the resin composite material is mercury-free. Dr. Schlang can also choose a composite that matches the color of your tooth, so it is a cosmetically better alternative than amalgam fillings. After the damage or cavity has been repaired, the restored tooth will be much stronger because the composite binds directly to the structure of the tooth itself. Finally, sometimes less of the decayed or damaged tooth has to be removed to place composite fillings compared to silver amalgam.