Metal-Free Dentistry in Salt Lake City
Durable and natural-looking tooth-colored fillings
Dr. Hamblin provides tooth-colored fillings using special strong white filling material, and for large fillings may use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are a type of filling that are used as a restoration of a broken-down tooth, for large cavities or to replace an existing large filling. Inlays are designed for tooth damage affecting the indented portion of the top of the tooth and onlays are for more extensive damage.
Advantages over Amalgam Fillings
Aesthetics is a big advantage over silver amalgam fillings. Additionally, as silver does not stick to teeth, healthy tooth structure is usually removed to keep a silver filling in place. Composites permit your dentist to remove only the decayed area of your tooth. Unlike silver fillings, composite bonding expands just like your teeth and are much less likely to cause cracks in your tooth. Composites bond directly to the tooth providing support.
Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Create a beautiful smile with the removal of your old silver fillings. We use special equipment and procedure for safe removal of amalgam fillings so that any toxic vapors released as a result of the drilling and removal of the mercury in the silver fillings are contained. Composite tooth-colored fillings are also more biocompatible with your body than amalgam fillings.
Resin fillings, also referred to as composite, white fillings or bonding, can make a substantial improvement in the appearance of the teeth in a short period of time. Resin is what dentists use to repair small cavities or chips in front teeth, as well as fill cavities cosmetically in back teeth. Resin can do virtually the same thing as porcelain veneers with respect to improving the appearance of the teeth. Using resin instead of porcelain veneers for cosmetic dentistry saves time and money, however there are disadvantages with resin. They are not as strong as porcelain veneers, and require repairs every few years. Resin can discolor over time, and does not have as much natural beauty as porcelain veneers. Resin cosmetic procedures can usually be completed in about an hour.