Providing Dental Fillings for Our Denver, CO Residents
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.
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 Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Replacing Old Fillings with a Tooth-Colored Restoration
You can have your old fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel; they are stronger and the tooth is protected!
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.”
Front Tooth Filling that Mimics the Actual Color of the Tooth
Front Tooth Filling that You Can't See