Though not as common as they used to be, many patients have silver fillings from past treatments. These fillings are much more visible than their modern counterparts and result in weaker tooth structure. Ceramic inlays and onlays create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Replacing silver fillings with safer and longer-lasting tooth-colored fillings has numerous advantages. The resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tighter fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth.