FILINGS ONLAYS INLAYS
Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
M Dental Group has the latest in tooth-colored composite technology. Composite fillings are a cosmetically appealing and functionally healthier alternative to amalgam fillings (also known as silver fillings). Drs. Paul Kim and Janet Kim and Seung Min Jung will perfectly match the shade of the composite and the tooth form to your other natural teeth so the filling becomes virtually unnoticeable.
Why we use Composite fillings
Composite resin is made of ceramic and plastic compound. Also known as “white filings” or “tooth-colored fillings”, composite fillings can be designed to match you’re the color of the tooth being fixed. It blends in with your smile, making it aesthetically appealing. Composite fillings are also functionally healthier alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin lasts over 10 years, and even longer with proper oral care.
What you need to know about silver fillings (amalgam fillings)
At M Dental Group, we only provide Composite fillings as it is a healthier alternative. Even besides the visibility, there are quite a few disadvantages to the composite filling. They contain *mercury, they may corrode, they can cause tooth discoloration, and imperfect sealing may cause further cavities and they are non-insulating. Moreover, silver amalgam fillings have the wedge effect, which could cause micro fractures of the tooth structure.
*Silver amalgam is a metal compound made up of copper, tin, silver, and mercury. Mercury makes up about 50% of the compound. Although it has been approved for dental use by the FDA and it has been declared safe for patients, some experts still recommend that pregnant women avoid getting these types of fillings during a pregnancy.
Dental Fillings, Inlays, Onlays, Crown
Usually inlays are used to treat much larger cavities then Dental fillings, and the onlays are used for larger restoration than inlays but not quite a crown. All three treatments involve removing the cavity with a dental drill. For dental fillings, composite resin is used to fill the space. For onlays and onlays, a fabricated single solid piece is used to fill the space, made precisely to the shape and size of the empty space. They are typically made out of material like gold or ceramic.