White Fillings Austin
The overall purpose of dental fillings is to restore a tooth that is damaged from dental decay. Fillings are usually made from some sort of composite resin that is applied to the tooth to keep new decaying from occurring. There are several different types of fillings that can be used. In the past, teeth that were suffering from decay were often filled with amalgam fillings; the silver-metal looking ones that you often see. However, advances in cosmetic dentistry now allow for a more natural and nearly undetectable filling, better known as white fillings (or “tooth-colored fillings”). White fillings work just like amalgam fillings and are said to last just as long, if not longer. These fillings blend in with the natural color of your teeth, therefore allowing for a nice-looking, healthy smile.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are sort of a hybrid between a white filling and a dental crown. Unlike fillings, dental inlays and onlays are a solid piece of material (usually porcelain) that are placed on the tooth to fill in an area that is larger than would be ideal to fill with standard filling material. If standard filling materials are used in too large of an area, the filling can crack or fall out and the tooth becomes less stable. However, unlike dental crowns, dental inlays and onlays don’t cover the entire tooth, so they are a more conservative alternative. Dental inlays and onlays are fillings that are placed in the teeth located in the back of the mouth. Inlays are used for decay located within their indented top surfaces of the teeth while dental onlays are used for the cusps of the teeth. Many dentists use amalgam fillings to protect these teeth however when the mouth is open, they can be spotted easily. White fillings and dental inlays and onlays blend in by matching natural tooth color and texture. Dental inlays and onlays are very durable and can withstand the strength and pressure caused by chewing.
White Fillings in Austin – Invisible Shields for Your Teeth
Want your silver fillings replaced? Do you think you might have cavities that to be filled? If so come to Dr. Matthews for white fillings in Austin. Your tooth will be protected and the resin (or porcelain) used won’t be noticeable one bit. You can still enjoy your smile with the use of white fillings. Call us today to set up an appointment time. Patients can reach our office by calling (512) 452-2273 or by contacting us online.