Dental Fillings An Overview
Columbus, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. Albert Caves uses tooth colored dental fillings to protect teeth and add strength and durability for natural looking results. “White” dental fillings are made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin which comes in a range of tooth colored shades to perfectly match natural teeth. Tooth colored dental fillings have become the standard in modern dentistry.
The foundation for long term dental health is routine dental care. Identifying problems in the early stages allows us to recommend the most conservative methods for treatment, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible and saving you from potentially expensive and uncomfortable procedures.
Do you replace old metal fillings or broken fillings?
Dr. Caves will replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel. With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
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Dental Fillings What to Expect
Dental fillings are used as part of a conservative treatment plan aimed at preserving the natural tooth. A dental filling is used when a tooth is weakened because of cracks, chips, breaks, cavities or other reasons. The filling is intended to not just restore strength, but to protect the tooth from future damage or decay.
A tooth with more significant decay or damage may call for an inlay or onlay, which is a porcelain restoration that are bonded to the tooth to hold it together and add strength and protection.
Dental inlays and onlays are an alternative to traditional metal fillings, being used on teeth that have moderate tooth cavities and/or decay. Dr. Caves can also use inlays and onlays to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured. We are one of the few dental offices in Columbus, GA to offer same day treatment for dental inlays and onlays using advanced CEREC technology.
What Are Dental Inlays & Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are indirect restorations, meaning they are fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Dental inlays and onlays are a great alternative to traditional metal fillings, primarily because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed.
Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth. In our Columbus, GA dentist office, we generally use CEREC technology to create the restoration in a single visit.
Generally, dental inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while dental onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.
Benefits of inlays and onlays:
- Since they can be fabricated from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are aesthetically pleasing. Unlike traditional metal fillings, the restoration is virtually invisible.
- Less removal of the tooth structure is required to achieve optimal results.
- They do not cause excessive wear and tear to opposing tooth structures.
- Inlays and onlays prevent the need for more significant treatment in the future.
As with any dental treatment, a proper, daily hygiene regimen ensures the success and longevity of your new restoration.
Contact the office of Dr. Caves in Columbus, Georgia to schedule your consultation and learn more about our services.