Do you have old, dark metal dental fillings that need replacing or show when you smile?
At Apex Dental in Northborough, Dr. Bob Gauthier, DMD, can replace metal fillings with natural looking cosmetic fillings that will be durable, comfortable and brighten up your smile!
For patients who have developed cavities, have damaged or decaying metal fillings or who simply want to brighten up their smile, Dr. Gauthier offers a variety of options for replacing these old fillings:
- Composite resin dental fillings: a biocompatible resin material will be matched to a patient’s tooth for a cosmetically pleasing filling that can be completed in a single visit using CEREC technology.
- Dental inlay: for patients with fillings that are degrading because of a damaged tooth, Dr. Gauthier may suggest the use of an inlay for a more durable and comfortable repair. An inlay is is designed to fit the inner contours of the tooth and fill any decayed areas.
- Dental onlay: similar to an inlay, the dental onlay is prepared in much the same way, but is designed to cover the entire biting surface of a tooth that has a cavity or more severe damage.
- Dental crowns: a dental crown may be prescribed by Dr. Gauthier in cases where the structure of the tooth is significantly compromised by decay. Once the old filling is removed, the tooth is prepared for a crown which will fit over the tooth like a cap providing strength and durability. With the use of CEREC technology, dental crowns can typically be prepared in a day at Apex Dental!
If you have old fillings that you would like to replace with a more aesthetically pleasing “white filling”, or if you have fillings that are breaking down and need to be replaced, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gauthier at Apex Dental in Northborough. Dr. Gauthier will provide a thorough exam and discuss possible treatment options.