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Cosmetic Dental Fillings

Advanced dental technology gives us the option to offer patients a wide variety of restoring materials that guarantee the most aesthetic, natural looking teeth.

When it comes to selecting materials to fill cavities we consider esthetics, location of the tooth, the amount of tooth structure that needs to be restored and ability of withstand the force from chewing or grinding.

One of the most commonly tooth colored materials used in today’s cosmetic dentistry are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings.

Composites:

  • are made of a plastic dental resin
  • not only restore tooth but also look and feel just like natural tooth enamel
  • used as a filling material for decay, to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth or to close spaces between teeth
  • Less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling
  • new bonding technology makes composite filling stronger than ever before

With proper placement, composite fillings hold up well and do not weaken what is left of the actual toot.

Tooth Colored Fillings Blend In

In the past, dentists used a metal filling material that was evident whenever the individual opened their mouth. Today, there are options available that leave fillings undetectable. James Kakos, DDS, offers composite tooth fillings in Arlington Heights to ensure patients have a beautiful smile they won’t be ashamed to show. While these fillings can be more costly than the alternative, they are well worth it for repairing teeth that are visible when you smile and talk.

Keep Your Smile Beautiful

For some people, tooth decay occurs no matter how well they take care of their teeth. When it does happen, it can leave your smile less than perfect. With the use of a composite tooth filling in Arlington Heights, our dental staff will be able to quickly and easily restore your mouth to its previous luster, carefully matching the plastic resin to your natural tooth color. This makes composite fillings more effective than other materials, allowing the dentist to create the closest match possible so certain areas of your teeth don’t stand out.

An Effective Solution

Not only does a composite tooth filling in Arlington Heights look better aesthetically, but it is an effective long-term solution. These fillings bond well to the teeth, which means they are less likely to come loose in the future. They also don’t do additional damage to the remaining tooth like silver mercury fillings do. This means they can be replaced without fear of losing even more of the tooth.

Dr. Kakos and his Associates also obtain excellent esthetic results with white porcelain filling restorations known as: CEREC INLAYS and ONLEYS.

INLAYS: are intracoronal (inside the cusp) restorations that replace small to medium amounts of tooth structure.
Do not cover any cusps (bumps on the teeth)
ONLAYS: involve replacing more tooth structure than inlays replace. They replace one or more cusps. Can replace up to 3/4 pf the tooth.

Porcelain fillings are a more conservative approach than a crown and are considered when large areas of tooth structure need to be replaced in heavy bite areas. Inlays and onlays are more durable and last much longer than traditional fillings. Perfect shade match and excellent margins make the tooth colored restorations nearly “invisible”.

Thanks to our CEREC sytem restoring teeth with white porcelain filling requires one appointment rather than two visits.

Read more about CEREC System