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Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays, and Fillings

White Fillings


Porcelain or Plastic? You Choose

Is there a difference?
Absolutely! In the past, many times dentists filled cavities with either gold or a metallic amalgam (a combination of mercury and silver). Though these materials are effective at preventing further decay, they are also unsightly, especially when the filling is needed on teeth that can be seen when one is smiling or speaking. Thanks to advances in dental techniques and materials, teeth can be protected and restored to a more healthy approach and aesthetic result. The type of filling we use will depend on what you want, the location of the tooth and the amount of tooth structure that needs to be repaired.

Composite (Plastic) "tooth colored" Fillings
A direct composite (plastic) is the simplest form of a white filling. Direct composite (plastic) fillings can be placed in front or back teeth and come in a variety materials and shades so that they will match the color of your own teeth. Composite (plastic) fillings are made up of a quartz resin compound and usually contains a light sensitive agent. These light-cured composites are most often bonded into place in one appointment. After placement, composites are hardened by shining a cool, but powerful light on them for a specified period of time, usually only in a few seconds. The light instantly hardens these fillings, so you may chew right after the procedure is complete. Your teeth may experience some degree of temperature sensitivity for a few days to a week.

In order to bond filling material to your tooth it is first necessary to remove any decay, prepare the tooth for placement of the composite, and then to condition the enamel and dentin. Once conditioned, a thin resin is applied that bonds to the etched surface. Bonding increases the strength of these restorations far beyond those of only a short time ago. Composite (plastic) fillings wear down, and will need to be replaced multiple times throughout your lifetime.

Porcelain Fillings: Inlays/Onlays
Today, porcelain fillings, inlays/onlays, are an ideal alternative to conventional silver or composite fillings. Our solid porcelain block custom fillings are designed with digital technology.

When a tooth fractures, has a large cracked filling, or has extensive decay, an inlay or onlay may be necessary. Inlays and Onlays strengthen and protect the tooth. Inlays and onlays are also esthetically beautiful and can help enhance your smile. Our porcelain inlays and onlays are custom crafted by Dr. Nelson with CEREC 3D technology.

Inlays and onlays are extremely strong and long lasting, and they restore and protect the tooth against further fracture. Porcelain has been used for years in the fabrication of crown and bridgework, providing natural tooth color and translucency. Porcelain inlays and onlays match your own tooth color, and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Porcelain fillings are the strongest most esthetic fillings dentistry has to offer.

Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain Crowns are used to restore both front and back teeth that may have extensive damage caused by decay, have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to old, over-sized fillings or fractures. There are a variety of materials used to construct these, full porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, gold, titanium, zirconia, and all metal. By working with the finest laboratories in the country, we are pleased to produce crowns that look and feel like your real teeth. We even have CEREC 3D technology, where Dr. Nelson can often make your crown out of solid porcelain, in a single appointment and seat it the same day, completely eliminating the need for a second appointment and bothersome temporary. For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.

During the treatment planning of your dental needs, we may propose restoring your smile through the use of one or more crowns. The reasons for recommending crowns can vary from case to case, but some of the factors that may indicate crowns for you include:

1. You may have a previously filled tooth where there now exists more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.
2. Your teeth may have extensive damage caused by decay.
3. Your teeth may be discolored or have other compromised aesthetics indicating the use of crowns.
4. Your teeth may have fractures.
5. You may have weakened teeth, perhaps resulting from a root canal. After a root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more susceptible to fracture. Therefore, they may need to be protected by a crown.
6. Your teeth may need crowns in conjunction with a bridge. When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth.