Our Fillings and Onlays are performed in an experienced, gentle manner.
We are a mercury-free practice for the East Valley. With over 25 years experience in Mesa, you can be confident that Dr. Kindt will provide the most professional and comfortable dental care.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored fillings
There are several advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Besides the benefit of natural color, resin fillings are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth in one visit. And, since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride, this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth which is healthier for your gums than silver fillings. The result is a beautiful smile!
We are mercury-free, providing stronger, more beautiful and healthier filling solutions. Natural color resin fillings, porcelain inlays and tooth colored restorations (onlays) are fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of silver fillings
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Also, silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums. Fortunately, silver fillings can be safely replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
When a significant portion of the tooth is damaged, Dr. Kindt will often use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist, and sent to a lab for fabrication. The dentist will then apply a temporary filling on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.
At the second appointment, the temporary filling is removed. Dr. Kindt will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.
Advantages of Inlays and onlays
Unlike traditional fillings, which can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent, inlays and onlays can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. This is because inlays and onlays are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.