Providing Composite Dental Fillings for Our Hampden Residents in Denver, CO
What is a Composite Restoration?
Also known as “white fillings,” composite restorations are the most aesthetic, direct dental restoration. These restorations are bonded, or micro-mechanically adhered, to the tooth structure. Composite restorations allow for very conservative removal of tooth structure.
At 58 Dental, we utilize a detailed composite system which has an extensive array of tooth shades and translucencies. We frequently create custom stents to enhance the form of the composite restoration and place multiple shades/translucencies to attain the optimal aesthetic results. Our patients love how they cannot see their new tooth fillings!
Porcelain inlays and Tooth-Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings or Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored fillings or restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such dental fillings can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Replacing Old Cavity Fillings with Composite Fillings
You can have your old, silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings. Why wait for a cavity to form under an old, leaking silver filling? Why wait for a tooth to fracture or break? These newer filling materials help teeth stay strong, look great, and last a long time.
What is a Dental Inlay?
A dental inlay is a fixed, indirect dental restoration that does not provide cuspal coverage of a tooth. A dental inlay is indicated when either a direct in-office restoration cannot be placed or the choice of restorative material dictates dental lab fabrication. Inlays may be composed of gold, lucite-reinforced porcelain, lithium disilicate or composite. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken at the first appointment and a temporary restoration is created. The diagnostic information is submitted to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the final restoration. At the subsequent appointment, the fit of the inlay to the prepared tooth, adjacent teeth and opposing teeth will be equilibrated and the restoration will be permanently cemented.
Preventative Resin Restoration
At 58 Dental, we firmly adhere to the minimally invasive mantra, “Nothing is better than your natural tooth.” A preventative resin restoration, or PRR, is a minimally-invasive procedure used to determine the extent of caries progression, or “decay,” within a tooth or to remove a minor amount of decay prior to sealant placement in a moderate to high caries risk patient. Dental micro-burs are used to conserve tooth structure. A sealant is bonded to the minimally prepared tooth to protect the remaining tooth structure. When indicated, the PRR is a very conservative option compared to the traditional dental “filling.”