Dental fillings are generally used to treat teeth that are showing signs of decay or have been affected by trauma, wear or other damage. The purpose of a dental filling is to restore strength and beauty to the tooth and to protect the tooth from future damage. Chester Springs dentist, Jason Petkevis, DMD uses metal free dental fillings to achieve natural looking, long lasting results.
What is a “white filling”?
White fillings are simply tooth colored dental fillings. They can be made from composite resin or porcelain. Quickly becoming the standard in modern dentistry, white fillings are virtually undetectable and provide long lasting strength and durability.
Resin Dental Fillings
Resin dental fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin which is applied directly to the tooth. Treatment with resin dental fillings may also be known as composite bonding. Generally, Dr. Petkevis uses resin dental fillings and composite bonding for patients with minor tooth decay or damage.
Resin dental fillings are long lasting, but not permanent. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to protect the tooth from future damage.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. Used for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. Porcelain fillings are very long lasting. With proper care and maintenance, they may last up to 30 years.
Inlay vs. Onlay
- An inlays covers cusps (or bumps) of the surface of the tooth
- An onlay, sometimes called a partial crown, is more extensive, covering two or more cusps
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings or metal margins around the gumline. Dr. Petkevis is able to replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.
Your old dental filling can be removed and replaced. In many cases, Dr. Petkevis will use a porcelain dental filling. If the old filling was large and removing it will compromise the tooth, Dr. Petkevis may recommend a dental crown to add additional strength.
What To Do If You Have A Broken or Missing Dental Filling
If you have lost or have a broken dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. As an emergency dentist, Dr. Petkevis sets aside time throughout his schedule to treat patients who are experiencing a dental emergency such as broken fillings. Contact us to schedule emergency treatment.