There are two types of fillings. Most people notice them by color. One is silver or amalgam the other is tooth colored or resin.
Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye and can lead to microleakage over a period of time.
Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. The filling material is contoured and placed to create a tight, superior fit to the existing tooth structure . Inlays and onlays are restorations that can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, it can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result is a beautiful smile!