In the past, if a patient needed to have a cavity repaired, a dentist would use an amalgam filling to do it. While these fillings are very strong and durable, they have some very distinct drawbacks, namely that they leave a large gray mark on a tooth and can make it more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is why, at Tindal Prosthodontics, we now only use tooth-colored fillings.
These are made of a composite resin material that can be specially shaded to perfectly match the color of a patient’s enamel, helping the filling practically disappear inside the mouth. Plus, because composite is more flexible than amalgam, Dr. Tindal can use small, conservative fillings that preserve more of a patient’s natural dental structure. This, in turn, helps the repaired tooth last much longer.
For teeth that are too damaged to be fixed with a filling but don’t quite require a full crown, Dr. Tindal can also provide porcelain inlays and onlays. Sometimes referred to as “partial crowns,” these restorations allow Dr. Tindal to restore damaged teeth in a way that helps them maintain their natural strength.
And the best part about all of these solutions is that they can usually be applied in just one quick visit to Tindal Prosthodontics. To learn more about your restorative options or schedule an appointment, contact us today.