Dental fillings add strength and durability to teeth that have been affected by decay, disease or damage. There are many types of dental fillings available depending on your specific needs. The standard in cosmetic dentistry for dental fillings are “white fillings”, which are made of durable, biocompatible composite resin. Composite dental filings are available in a range of tooth colored shades and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Dental fillings are a conservative treatment used to preserve the natural tooth. After a root canal, a dental filling may be used to protect the tooth from future damage or decay. Dental fillings may be used instead of a dental crown when teeth are not significantly compromised by decay or damage.
Composite dental fillings are considered a direct restoration, where the composite resin is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into shape. A type of indirect restoration, called an inlay or onlay, may also be used as an alternative to a dental filling when damage is a greater concern.
A dental inlay or onlay covers the biting surface of the tooth, like a dental filling, but is made of porcelain and bonded to the the tooth. SCM Dental uses the latest dental technology such as the CEREC system which can create porcelain inlays and onlays in a single visit, cutting down on the amount of preparation and number of visits needed to complete the procedure.
If you have a traditional amalgam, or metal fillings, you may choose to replace your dental filling with a “white filling”. White fillings are more comfortable and attractive than metal fillings.
Routine dental care is critical to achieve optimal dental health. Through routine care, our dentists can identify potential problems and make conservative treatment recommendations, such as dental fillings, preventing expensive and uncomfortable procedures. Contact SCM Dental today to schedule your appointment.