Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
In all circumstances the benefits, disadvantages and cost differences of each material will be reviewed with the patient. The selection will then be made at the patients discretion.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Tooth colored resin restorations have for many years been the most common type of filling restoration. This material has largely replaced the metallic amalgam type of filling. The composit resin offers a chemical bond to the tooth, greatly enhanced aesthetics and avoids the gradual darkening to the tooth structure which occurred with the amalgam restoration. As long as adequate supporting tooth remains, this type of restoration can provide many years of excellent service.
Dental Amalgam is a dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with several other metals. Amalgam may have advantages over other restorative materials in certain circumstances. Amalgam restorations are utilized relatively infrequently but some patients still choose them for certain applications.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
The result is a beautiful smile!