Porcelain Fillings

Tooth Colored Fillings imageToday’s porcelain fillings provide a strong, long lasting, and natural looking alternative to the traditional amalgam fillings of the past that could mar your beautiful smile with dull, dark colored fillings.

Our porcelain inlays and onlays are designed to look and perform just like natural teeth. In the past, porcelain fillings were only used on the visible front teeth, as older style tooth colored fillings weren’t durable enough to withstand the extensive biting and chewing, as required for back teeth.

Today’s porcelain fillings use advanced new technologies that allow your dentist to cure and harden the tooth surface, so every tooth can look healthy and natural.

Not sure what amalgam is? Get details on Porcelain vs. Amalgam Fillings debate here.

Getting Porcelain Fillings

The procedure for porcelain fillings is similar to having a tooth filled the “old fashioned” way. The process is done over the course of two office visits and once complete, your porcelain fillings will provide you with a beautiful restoration.

  • The first step in the procedure is to prepare the tooth. Your dentist will remove any decay and carefully etch the surface of the tooth to receive the porcelain composite.
  • Once your tooth is ready, your dentist will take a mold of the cavity area. This mold will then be sent to a dental lab so that your custom porcelain filling can be created.
  • After the mold has been taken, the dentist will fill your cavity with a temporary filling to stop any discomfort caused by the cavity and allow you to live and eat normally.
  • When the porcelain filling has been created, it will be sent back to the dentist office, and you will be invited back to have the temporary filling removed, and the permanent filling placed and permanently bonded to your tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Fillings

Are porcelain fillings durable?
Yes. Today’s porcelain fillings are custom made to fill your specific cavity.  The result is a restoration the both functions and looks exactly like your natural tooth.

What are the benefits of porcelain over metal fillings? 
The primary benefit of porcelain fillings over traditional metal amalgam fillings is appearance. Metal fillings appear dark and dull, while porcelain fillings are visually identical to the natural tooth enamel.

In the past, porcelain fillings were weaker than amalgam, and were rarely used on any but the most visible front teeth. Today, however, with advances in the techniques and technologies, porcelain composite fillings can be used on every tooth.

Should I replace my amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings?
We do not recommend this as a default course of action, but if you are unhappy with the appearance of your amalgam fillings, we will be happy to replace them with natural looking tooth-colored porcelain.

Other questions?

If you have any other questions not answered here, call or email us today to schedule your personal consultation with Colonial Dental Group. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.