Patients no longer have to worry about unsightly, uncomfortable metal dental fillings. Today’s dental fillings are highly esthetic and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. At the same time, these “white” dental fillings offer excellent long term protection for teeth that are weak or damaged.
Your dentist in Indianapolis, Dr. Amy Marckese uses tooth colored dental fillings to achieve the most natural looking and comfortable results for her patients. Depending on your condition, Dr. Marckese may select a resin or porcelain dental filling.
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Dental Fillings in Indianapolis, IN
Resin Dental Fillings
Resin dental fillings are commonly referred to as “white” fillings and can be matched and shaped to blend seamlessly with your smile. They are also nearly indistinguishable from the natural tooth. These types of fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin which is applied directly to the tooth. They are mercury free, highly durable, and decay and stain resistant. Dr. Marckese typically uses resin dental fillings to repair teeth with minor decay or damage. Resin dental fillings are long lasting, but not permanent. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to protect the tooth from future damage.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings are known as either dental inlays or dental onlays. These are recommended to repair teeth when more significant damage or decay is present. The porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth and are extremely long lasting. Dr. Marckese will take an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. Porcelain fillings can be extremely long lasting when properly cared for.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Do you have old amalgam (metal) dental fillings that are impacting the appearance of your smile or breaking down and coming out? Do you believe you have an allergy or sensitivity to mercury or any of the other metals in dental amalgam such as silver, tin, or copper? You can choose to have them replaced by Dr. Marckese. Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings. Whether your motives are cosmetic or out of health or comfort concerns, metal dental fillings can easily be removed and replaced with more esthetic tooth colored ones for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.
For teeth that have large metal fillings, a dental crown may yield the best results. The dental crown will add stability to the tooth and conceal any discoloration that may have been caused as a result of the metal filling.
Dental Fillings FAQs
How do I know if I need a filling?
Dental cavities are best solved with a dental filling. If you have tooth pain that won’t go away, but no bleeding, you might have a cavity that needs a filling. Although, some cavities do not cause pain, so you might not even know. Visiting your dentist is the best way to know if you need a filling.
Are composite fillings better than amalgam fillings?
Yes, for cosmetic reasons they are the best option. The main difference is that amalgam fillings visually stand out since they are silver, but composite fillings natch the color of your natural teeth.
What do I do if I have a broken or missing dental filling?
If you have lost or have a broken dental filling, it is important to not try to reattach the filling. Do not use the affected tooth as this can cause pain and damage. Dr. Marckese makes it a priority to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible. Please contact our Indianapolis dentist office as soon as you can to schedule emergency treatment.