Dental Fillings An Overview
At the Plano dentist office of Dr. Jacob Grapevine, the focus is on the prevention of cavities and gum disease through routine oral care.
Unfortunately, even with the best care, most patients will have to deal with a cavity in their lifetime. Dr. Grapevine specializes in esthetic dental fillings, more commonly known as “white fillings.” White dental fillings use tooth-colored dental composite resins to repair minor tooth decay or other minimal damage to the surface of teeth.
What Are Cosmetic Fillings?
Cosmetic dental fillings are more comfortable than traditional metal fillings. These tooth fillings are made from a bio-compatible composite resin that comes in a range of tooth-colored shades. Many patients choose to have their metal fillings replaced with new white fillings that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
For patients with more significant damage, Dr. Grapevine may suggest a porcelain filling. Porcelain fillings, also called inlays and onlays, protect the teeth from future damage while also restoring the beauty and function. Porcelain can be matched to the exact shade of your teeth, making it virtually indistinguishable from neighboring teeth.
A dental inlay is bonded to the center of the tooth, while a dental onlay is bonded to the entire biting surface. Porcelain fillings are both comfortable and durable and with proper care, can be extremely long lasting.