Gone are the days of silver amalgam fillings to repair decayed teeth. With advancements in dental techniques and materials, patients have more aesthetically pleasing options to restore teeth and maintain their oral health.
Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are widely used instead of amalgam fillings to repair teeth with cavities as well as to replace old, defective fillings and chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also used to fill in gaps and protect sensitive root surfaces that have been exposed due to receding gums.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored, so they closely match the color of your existing teeth. They are particularly well-suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth and are one of the best ways to improve the health and beauty of your smile.
These restorations are custom-made fillings made of composite resin, porcelain or gold and fabricated in a dental laboratory. Inlays usually work best for the back chewing surfaces and are used to conservatively repair teeth with large defective, unattractive fillings or teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma.