Tooth-Colored Fillings, Inlays, Onlays in Hershey PA
Although silver fillings are still used by some dentists, at our practice, we prefer and predominantly use tooth-colored composite material to fill cavities. Composite fillings, inlays, and onlays placed at Wesley R. Davis, DDS, look naturally beautiful but also protect and strengthen teeth weakened by decay. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and, thanks to updated bonding techniques, very strong.
Tooth-colored composite material is durable and has been proven to stand up well to years of use. However, unlike traditional silver fillings, they match the appearance of natural teeth quite closely. In general, we do not advocate the removal of silver fillings. But if you have an old, dark filling that’s marring the beauty of your smile, we’ll be happy to talk to you about the esthetic advantages of replacing them with natural-looking composite fillings.
Why We Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
When teeth are properly cared for, they are strong, resilient, and highly functional. The best material for a dental filling should mimic this strength and durability when subjected to biting forces. The restoration should also be durable, relatively easy to place, and cost effective.
Tooth-colored restorations fulfill many of these criteria. They’re bonded directly to the surface of the tooth, creating a secure fit with the natural tooth. The bonding process eliminates the need to remove a lot of tooth structure to accommodate the restoration. This conservative approach leaves more of your own natural tooth structure in place, so it remains strong and intact. Additionally, the resin used for our restorations wears like natural dental enamel, which protects opposing teeth when you bite down.
Fillings, Onlays, and Inlays
When you have minor amounts of tooth decay or a cavity of some kind, the best treatment option is the use of tooth-colored fillings. Using dental fillings, Dr. Davis will be able to restore the strength of the damaged tooth so that it is structurally sound.
In the case of more advanced tooth decay, the use of a filling is probably not going to be sufficient to create an effective restoration. In these cases, dental inlays and onlays are preferable. Inlays and onlays are also bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling and is placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays are similar to an inlay, but are a more substantial restoration that extends over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Please Call for an Appointment
If you think you may have a cavity that needs attention or if you’re overdue for a cleaning and exam, please call our Hershey dental office. With over 30 years experience in serving patients in the Hershey area, you can be confident that Dr. Davis has the expertise to help you reach your goal of a healthy, more attractive smile.