Many patients have old, dark metal dental fillings that can begin to break down with age or cause them to hide their smile.
At Infinity Dental in Fox Lake, Dr. Prendergast and Dr. Shepherd can replace dark, metal fillings with natural looking cosmetic fillings that will be durable, comfortable and brighten up your smile! Old damaged fillings can allow further tooth decay if left untreated over time.
Infinity Dental patients who have developed cavities, have damaged or decaying metal fillings or who simply want to brighten up their smile can be offered several treatment options for replacing these old fillings:
Composite resin dental fillings: referred to as “white fillings”, this biocompatible resin material will be matched to a patient’s tooth by Dr. Prendergast for a filling that can blend with a patient’s natural smile.
Dental inlay: for patients with fillings that are degrading because of a damaged tooth, your dentist at Infinity Dental may suggest the use of a porcelain inlay for a more durable and comfortable repair. An inlay is designed to fit the inner contours of the tooth and fill any decayed areas.
Dental onlay: similar to an inlay, the dental onlay is prepared in much the same way, but is designed to cover the entire biting surface of a tooth that has a cavity or more severe damage.
Dental crowns: Dr. Prendergast or Dr. Shepherd may recommend using a dental crown in cases where the structure of the tooth is significantly compromised by decay. Once the old filling is removed, the tooth is prepared for a crown which will fit over the tooth like a cap providing strength and durability.
Should a filling become loose or dislodged, contact Infinity Dental immediately: a dentist will see you as soon as possible to reattach the filling and check to see if further decay has occurred within the tooth.