Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to traditional metal fillings and fall into two categories; direct and indirect. A direct restoration is composite resin applied in one appointment. Indirect restorations (inlays or onlays) are made of porcelain or composite resin materials fabricated by a dental laboratory. Now with CEREC technology these restorations take just one appointment in our Provo dental office!
Are Tooth Colored Fillings Right For Me?
Among the advantages of tooth-colored fillings are
Life-like aesthetic qualities
The preservation of more natural tooth structure
Minimal risk of allergic reaction
No development of metal sensitivity
What Happens At The First Appointment For Tooth Colored Fillings?
Bonding the front teeth typically requires one appointment. Your Provo dentist Dr. David Bennett at Advanced Dental Care may remove a very minor amount of tooth structure to maximize adhesion of the composite resin to the tooth, depending on the dentist’s bonding technique. A tooth conditioning agent may be applied to the prepared tooth, followed by the application of an adhesive agent and the resin for the tooth-colored filling. Your dentist will contour the resin to produce the desired aesthetic appearance and expose it to a special laser or curing light to harden the resin.
For indirect tooth-colored inlays or onlays, after tooth preparation, Cerec technology allows Dr. Bennett to create the inlay or onlay restoration. You have a final restoration in one visit!
Care Of Cosmetically Bonded Teeth & Tooth Colored Fillings
Teeth bonded or filled with composite resin or restored with inlays or onlays should receive the same meticulous care as natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, and professional preventive treatments to maintain proper health and appearance.
For more information on tooth colored fillings, including onlays or inlays, contact Advanced Dental Care by Contacting Us at (801) 375-1414 or by requesting an appointment on this page.