Tooth Fillings

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored restorations may be provided in the form of composite resins, inlays, onlays or crowns.

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a great choice for patients who like their fillings to look more natural. They are a good option in small- to mid-size fillings and can be used on either front or back teeth. Placing a composite filling requires more clinical steps and is typically more technique sensitive than placing a metal filling, therefore it takes longer to place.

There are circumstances in which composite (white fillings) serves better than amalgam; when amalgam is not indicated, or when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small occlusal restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of a more sound tooth structure.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations often contains fluoride, this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and can be polished to a smooth natural finish, which is healthier for your gums!

Porcelain inlays, onlays and crowns are another option when more tooth structure is missing. Today’s technology has given dentists the ability to offer both strength and beauty in a laboratory fabricated restoration. This has eliminated the need for compromise in many situations. Our doctors will evaluate the current condition of your teeth and make the best recommendation for your smile!