Dental Fillings An Overview
One of the most common dental procedures is a tooth filling. At Levesque Dentistry, we offer a variety of mercury-free options including tooth bonding, inlays/onlays and precious metal fillings (gold). In addition, we can replace old, dark fillings to improve both the health and appearance of your smile. The material recommended for a dental filling will depend on the location of the tooth and severity of the decay or damage to be addressed.
Tooth Bonding: White Fillings
Tooth bonding is a relatively simple procedure to fill a tooth after a cavity has been removed. Bonding can also be used to cover stained teeth and repair a chipped tooth. The dentist will use a tooth-colored composite resin and mold it over the tooth for a virtually invisible restoration. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Tooth bonding is semi-permanent. With proper care and maintenance, tooth bonding should last for 10 or more years. This is one of the safest, quickest and most affordable treatment options.
Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a conservative, natural-looking tooth restoration. Sometimes called a porcelain filling, white filling or partial crown, inlays and onlays are used to restore tooth cavities or repair teeth that are broken or worn.
In our Nashua dental office, we use CEREC technology to create porcelain (white) inlays and onlays. These provide a smooth, tooth-colored replacement of tooth material lost to cavities. CEREC inlays are designed and custom fabricated using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology to perfectly match your tooth and bring it back to its natural strength.
The CEREC inlay is superior to amalgam or composite fillings because of its superior esthetics and strength. With enamel-like material, they look and feel like your real teeth, and are longer lasting. As with most CEREC restorations, your inlay can be completed in just one office visit. This means you can avoid the messy impression trays, temporary restorations and return appointment associated with lab-fabricated ceramic restorations.