Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not pleasing to the eye and ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Fong will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.