Chicago Dental Fillings in Lakeview & South Loop
COMPOSITE RESIN FILLINGS
Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored restorations. These fillings are chemically and mechanically bonded to the tooth to help prevent leakage, which was a major problem with traditional silver fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restoration
When it comes to choosing tooth-colored onlays made from resin, there are many advantages. These onlays bond directly to the tooth to create a tight fit and helps restore the original strength to the teeth.
These onlays are often used in situations where a majority of the tooth structure is lost, which can make a crown necessary. This option helps strengthen the tooth and keep it intact.
Because resin onlays wear like natural teeth and have margins that are not visible, they don’t need to be placed below the gums, which makes them a healthier option.
Resin onlays are constructed with fluoride. Fluoride is an essential element in tooth health and can help prevent new decay from occurring around the edges of the onlay.
Immediately after placing resin onlays, you will experience an improved appearance. Whether you replace just one filling or all of them, you will enjoy a more natural look for a beautiful, healthy smile.
COMPOSITE RESIN FILLINGS
Placing a Filling
In order to ensure you are more comfortable during the procedure, we will apply the appropriate numbing solutions and ensure they are working properly.
For larger fillings or those located in difficult-to-reach locations, we may use a rubber dam. This tool serves as a safety net to keep debris out of the back of the throat as your dentist removes the decay and shapes the tooth with the hand piece. To help mold the filling, so it fits the shape of the tooth, your dentist uses a thin, flexible band to surround the tooth. A wooden wedge may also be used between the teeth to keep it in place. The filling material is then pressed into the tooth and a high-intensity light is applied to harden the white fillings. Silver fillings harden on their own.
After placing the fillings, your dentist will check your bite using colored tape. This tape will identify where your teeth come together. Floss will also be inserted between the teeth to ensure there are no areas that are too tight and close together. The procedure is then complete.
Replacing Silver Fillings
Many patients prefer to replace their silver fillings with resin onlays instead. This can take two appointments to complete. The old filling and any new decay are removed at the first appointment. We will then take an impression of your teeth to ensure the right fit. First, we will place a temporary onlay and models will be made from the impressions so the lab can make your permanent resin onlays.
Once the impressions arrive at the lab, resin will be inserted into the model to create the onlay. These onlays are designed to look as natural and lifelike as possible.
At your second appointment, we will first remove the temporary onlay. We prepare the tooth with a conditioning gel, which helps bond the onlay to the tooth. Next, a bonding element is applied and a high-intensity light completes the bond between the resin onlay and the tooth. We will then remove any excess cement and polish the onlay to a high luster. These fillings look better than the traditional silver fillings. Because they are bonded in place, they also help protect the tooth and strengthen it.
Alternatives to Fillings
After a cavity is identified, you can either get the filling or postpone your treatment. Unfortunately, if you choose to wait for treatment, you may be at risk for even bigger problems. Cavities will not heal on their own; they will only grow larger. Even though it grows slowly, it can have a major impact on your tooth’s enamel. Once the cavity reaches the softer inner tissues of the tooth, it will grow more quickly.
At this point, it’s important to remedy the situation with a filling before the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth. If it reaches this point, you will need to have a root canal if you want to save the tooth. Fillings stop decay from spreading. This is because the dentist will remove the decayed tissue and seal the tooth with the filling, restoring the tooth and keeping your mouth healthy.
Call us today for a free consultation:
- Lakeview Office: 773.904.0644
- South Loop Office: 312.260.5042