Tooth-Colored Fillings & Dental Inlays/Onlays
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry.
If you are like most people, you do not much like the appearance of metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings or composite fillings can effectively restore decaying teeth and replace old metal fillings. They are made of a composite resin with components including silicon dioxide and plastic. Fillings, bonding … Click to go to the page of Dental Bonding … , onlays/inlays are popular ways to repair damaged or decaying teeth.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall’s … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey Marshall … office is mercury-free and metal-free and offers white fillings and porcelain fillings.
White Fillings vs. Metal Fillings
Unlike gray metal, white fillings look completely natural. Dr. Marshall can color them to match your own tooth enamel.
The procedure is much like the old amalgam procedure with two differences:
By being bonded to the tooth, the filling pulls inward on the tooth’s periphery, holding it together. This is in contrast to metal fillings, which exert outward pressure and will eventually fracture the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings also benefit you by requiring less healthy tooth tissue to be removed. When a metal filling is placed, the cavity must be shaped to hold it in and must be given a ridged surface, requiring removal of some healthy tissue. Bonding eliminates that necessity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your common questions answered by the experts.
- What Are the Advantages of Porcelain Fillings?
Porcelain fillings offer:
- Strength and durability.
- A longer tooth life than is offered by amalgam fillings.
- Beautiful merging with your natural tooth color.
- Exceptional cosmetic appeal.
Dr. Marshall has been a practicing cosmetic dentist since 1998 and has received recognition for her studies and work at LVI (Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies) and other well-known educational institutions. She is trained to work with porcelain and to design excellent dental restorations.
- What Are Dental Inlays/Onlays?
Dental inlays and dental onlays are restorations for teeth with decay, cracks, or large chips broken out of them. Whether Dr. Lindsey Marshall does an inlay or an onlay depends on the size of the damaged area.
- An inlay is a porcelain filling that fits inside the tooth’s cusps.
- An onlay extends further, over one or more cusps, and repairs part of the tooth’s outside surface. If a tooth is too damaged to be restored with an onlay, it would require a dental crown.
Dental inlays and onlays are made from porcelain matched to your natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are often used to replace existing mercury fillings. Porcelain is more structurally sound than metal fillings, since the ceramic is bonded to the tooth rather than just packed into it tightly. Inlays and onlays can prevent bacteria from spreading between the restoration and the tooth and causing further decay.
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