Our fillings are made of a silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins to restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver amalgam dental fillings. Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings.
Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond white fillings actually support the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgam dental fillings.
Best of all, composite resin white fillings allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future. Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin white fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you also have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
Two old fillings had developed cracks in my teeth and eventually created cavities. Dr. Crowley Correll replaced the old fillings with new ones and filled the cavities. The procedure was painless, quick, and efficient. Dr. Crowley Correll and her staff were very attentive throughout.
Malcolm R. (Actual Patient)
Inlays & Onlays
Unlike silver amalgam dental fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays will not expand or contract significantly in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods. Inlays and onlays can replace silver fillings to create a healthier, more natural-looking smile.
In treating dental decay, or fractured and cracked teeth, porcelain fillings help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. Inlays and onlays also offer the following benefits:
Since they can be made from tooth-colored material, including porcelain and composite resin, inlays and onlays are virtually invisible.
The use of inlays and onlays requires less tooth reduction than does the use of metal fillings. This allows dentists to conserve more of a patient’s natural tooth structure in the treatment process.
The durable material from which inlays and onlays are made helps them last up to 30 years, much longer than that of conventional silver amalgam dental fillings.
By saving decayed teeth, inlays and onlays prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.