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 esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Older silver fillings can break down at the edges and allow the adjacent tooth structure to weaken or break. They can also allow leakage of bacteria which causes decay.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations and we are happy to discuss which restoration is most appropriate for you. Composites or “bonding” can be used for smaller restorations. Larger restorations require Ceramic inlays/onlays or crowns to be bonded to the teeth. These restorations can be used in instances where critical parts of the tooth structure have been lost and they allow the underlying tooth to remain intact and stronger.