White / Tooth Colored Fillings or Composite Restorations are used to restore simple areas of tooth decay and give the tooth a more natural appearance. The materials used for a white tooth colored filling are soft and moldable to the tooth, bonded and essentially invisible.
There may be times when Dr. Mostafa Aboulkhair may find that the filling is too large and the composite material will not be strong enough to support the biting forces of the teeth upon chewing. At those times he may recommend a more durable restoration known as an Inlay, Onlay or even a Crown.
Inlays and Onlays are made of porcelain or ceramic material that is bonded to the tooth to give it strength for chewing. An inlay is designed to fill a smaller cavity inside of a tooth; an Onlay is larger, extending over the cusps or edge of the outside surface of a tooth. Both are stronger than filling or bonding materials. They are translucent like the surface of natural teeth providing durability while conserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. Inlays and Onlays are made in a dental lab and then cemented permanently in the mouth.
Unfortunately, there may be times when large amounts of tooth structure may be lost due to decay, a break or the tooth itself is compromised and needs Extra strength and integrity. One example would be following Root Canal treatment, the tooth at that time is going to need additional strength and integrity when this happens, a Porcelain Crown may be recommended.
A Crown is also made of a ceramic or porcelain material; however, it encompasses the entire surface of a tooth and is used to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure due to decay, breaks or to enhance the integrity and durability of your natural tooth. When two teeth or more are involved, i.e.: missing teeth, damaged or decayed teeth, a Dental Bridge or Bridge work may be needed. Bridges are not only placed to close spaces and enhance your smile, but they are also used to help maintain the function of a healthy bite.
Why Tooth Colored Fillings better than Silver (metal) fillings:
We use a White tooth-colored composite material to replace old silver or ( amalgam) fillings because silver fillings corrode and expands with different temperatures in the mouth over time leading to leaks that cause recurrent decay underneath, cracks in the teeth from the expansion and added to that the effect from mercury which is toxic. By using the composite resin, the tooth is bonded together and the tooth surface is easily reinforced.
The team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax along with Dr. Mostafa Aboulkhair is here to help you understand your dental needs and the best restorations that will work for you. If you have questions or would like more information, Please don’t hesitate to ask.We are here to help you and offer flexible office hours to accommodate your life and busy schedule. Call us today at 703-218-8142