Dental fillings are used to protect and add strength to teeth that have been compromised by decay, wear or other damage. Whenever possible, Dr. Gauthier uses metal free dental fillings such as composite resin or porcelain.
Composite Resin Dental Fillings
Composite resin fillings are also called white fillings. These fillings are made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin which comes in a range of tooth colored shades to match natural teeth perfectly.
Composite resin dental fillings are applied to the tooth by hand without the aid of molds or other templates. The resin is sculpted into place by Dr. Gauthier and cured with a special light. Resin fillings can usually be completed in a single visit.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of indirect restoration. This means that the restoration is manufactured outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Dr. Gauthier uses CEREC technology to create porcelain fillings in a single visit.
First, a digital impression is taken of the tooth. Then, using CEREC’s Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) software, Dr. Gauthier fabricates a custom fit porcelain restoration that will cover the tooth. While the patient waits, the inlay or onlay is created and then bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
A dental inlay typically fits inside the contours of the tooth, where as a dental onlay covers the entire biting surface. This type of restoration is usually used when there is more significant damage to the tooth.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Many patients with traditional amalgam fillings (metal fillings) are choosing to replace their dental fillings with comfortable and attractive cosmetic dental fillings. Some patients have sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal dental filling. Dr. Gauthier can remove your metal dental filling and replace it with either a composite resin dental filling or a dental inlay or onlay.
If a tooth has more significant decay or damage, Dr. Gauthier may recommend a dental crown to hold the tooth together, adding protection, strength, and durability.
Contact us to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule an appointment.