Tooth Onlay Fillings

Many people still have silver fillings in their mouths from years past. Although we rarely place silver fillings, they still have their place in dentistry.  Depending on which tooth and size of decay, these fillings can be noticeable to the eye, and by unavoidable design, silver fillings can result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Onlay Restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Onlay 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 contain fluoride this 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 Onlay Restoration

You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored onlay restorations. This process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. 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:

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!

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