Tooth Fillings Dearborn MI
In our office our focus is using restorative materials that match closely to the color of your teeth. For smaller or medium sized fillings, composite, which is tooth colored, is the material of choice. If the filling is larger which means the tooth is weaker, we prefer to use a stronger, ceramic based material for strength and esthetics. This type of restoration is called a porcelain inlay or onlay. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to newer bonding technologies.
If a tooth is compromised due to large decay or broken fillings, it is important to protect the tooth from further damage by supporting it with a porcelain crown.
The crown will strengthen and protect the tooth from fracture, and will look more natural. All of these restoration choices can be performed in 1 appointment.
We do offer amalgam fillings as a choice for the budget minded person, which provide a restorative option, but because they are silver, they are not esthetic. In some cases they would be stronger than using a large composite filling if an onlay or crown is not an option due to finances
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Ceramic onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires one appointment.
Our advanced technology in our office allows us to make these restorations in one appointment! There are no impressions taken, we use a digital scanner to image the teeth, and since we are finishing in one visit, there is no need for wearing a temporary restoration. Another benefit, you don’t need to come back, no more anesthetic.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!