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Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored restorations. Because they are mechanically and chemically bonded to the tooth leakage, a common problem with silver amalgam fillings, is less likely to occur.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restoration

There are many advantages when resin-or tooth-colored-onlays are used to restore teeth. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth. This creates a tight, superior fit, and restores the tooth to nearly its original strength.

Resin onlays can be used in cases where much of the tooth structure has been lost, so a crown might have been necessary. This keeps your tooth intact and stronger.

Resin onlays wear like natural teeth. And since resin onlay margins are invisible, they don’t have to be placed below the gum line. This is healthier for your gums.

Resin onlays often also contain fluoride. This fluoride may help prevent new decay at the edges of the fillings.

The improved appearance of your smile is immediately evident. Whether you replace one or all of your fillings, it’s simply amazing how beautiful and natural resin onlays look!


Placing a Filling

To make the entire procedure comfortable for you, the first thing your dentist will do is make sure you’re thoroughly numb.

Depending on the size of the filling and the tooth being worked on, a rubber dam may be used. It functions like a safety net, preventing debris from falling to the back of your throat. Then your dentist removes the decay and shapes the tooth with the hand piece. To mold the filling to the shape of the tooth, your dentist first surrounds it with a thin, flexible band. A small wooden wedge between the teeth holds it snugly in place.
Next, your dentist presses the filling material into the tooth.
White fillings harden when they’re exposed to a special high-intensity light, while silver fillings harden on their own.

Your dentist checks the bite with a colored tape, which shows where your teeth are coming together. She also glides a piece of floss between the teeth to make sure there are no tight spots. The procedure is then complete.

Replacing Silver Fillings

It takes two appointments to replace a silver filling with a resin onlay.
On the first appointment, the old filling and any additional decay is removed.

Then your dentist takes an impression of your teeth. A temporary onlay is then placed in your tooth. Models of your teeth are made from the impression and are sent to the lab.

At the laboratory, resin material is carefully placed into the model. The onlay is individually designed or characterized to make it look natural and lifelike.

On your second appointment, the temporary onlay is removed. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for bonding to the new onlay. Then bonding cement is placed in the tooth, and a harmless, high-intensity light bonds the resin onlay to the tooth. Excess cement is removed and the onlay is polished to a high luster.
Resin onlays look great! And since they’re bonded in place, they strengthen and protect the tooth.

Alternatives to Fillings

When you have a cavity, you really only have two choices: postpone treatment or get a filling. The problem with postponing treatment is that a cavity will never go away on its own. It just gets bigger and bigger. It grows slowly while it’s still in the hard outer enamel. But if a cavity is allowed to reach the softer inner dentin, it grows much more quickly.

Then, the race is on to fill the cavity before it infects the pulp chamber. If it gets into the pulp chamber, you’ll need root canal treatment to save the tooth.

A filling stops decay in its tracks. Your dentist removes the decay and seals the tooth with filling material. This restores the tooth and keeps your mouth healthy.

Call us today for a free consultation:

  • Lakeview Office: 773.935.3600
  • South Loop Office: 312.922.1898
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Chicago, IL 60657
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