Tooth-Colored Fillings and Amalgams
Many years ago, when a patient had a cavity and needed a filling, gold or an amalgam was used. However, in this day and age, you want a filling that will match the color of your current teeth. Dr. Latthe places tooth-colored fillings to fill cavities or perfect the shape of a tooth that may be chipped so that it aesthetically matches the rest of your teeth. For those interested in silver or gold fillings, we are more than happy to accommodate you, though it has become far more popular to replace these. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations
Are you ready to smile with confidence again?If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Latthe call our Shenandoah office at The Woodlands Prosthodontics Office Phone Number 832-966-0400 or use our online appointment form
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, it can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!