We, at Dental Health Concepts, strive to provide restorative options for you that highlight the many advantages of a multitude of materials. Traditional fillings, aesthetic tooth colored fillings, strength enhancing restorations such as “inlays” and “onlays” both white porcelain, bonding resins, and gold, each have qualities that enhance their placement and can be selected based on recommendations of our team. It is important for us to know your ideas about strength, cosmetics, and durability before recommending or choosing specific dental fillings
Silver (Amalgam) Fillings
The materials used in amalgam fillings have been used for nearly a century. Amalgam fillings have been and continue to be a restorative choice for back teeth. They provide excellent strength and wear characteristics and longevity. Their ease of handling often allows for their placement in hard to reach areas and where access is limited.
Tooth Colored (Resin) (Composite) Fillings
Composite resin fillings have evolved over the last 20 years to provide an aesthetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings. These materials, when used in conservative fillings on non-weight bearing areas of teeth, can provide excellent long term restorations with excellent aesthetic results. They can be used in front teeth cavities as well as back teeth cavities which are small and easily accessible. These restorations have slightly shorter span of durability than amalgam fillings but are a necessity in any easily seen area of your smile
Replacing Old Fillings with Tooth Colored Restorations
When your old fillings are showing signs of wear and breakdown, you can choose to have your old fillings replaced with tooth colored restorations (most likely “inlays” or “onlays”) This “state of the art” option provides added durability and life to previously weaker discolored teeth.