Dental Fillings Amherst NY
Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that are showing signs of decay or have been affected by trauma, wear or other damage. A dental filling will restore strength and beauty to the tooth and protect the tooth from future damage. Amherst dentists, Dr. Karl Neuhaus and Dr. Walter Neuhaus use metal free dental fillings to achieve natural looking, long lasting results.
What is a “white filling”?
White fillings are tooth colored dental fillings. They are made from composite resin or porcelain. White fillings are virtually undetectable and provide long lasting strength and durability.
Resin Dental Fillings
Resin dental fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin which is applied directly to the tooth. Treatment with resin dental fillings is also called composite bonding. Generally, our dentists use resin dental fillings and composite bonding for patients with minor tooth decay or damage.
Resin dental fillings are long lasting, but not permanent. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to protect the tooth from future damage.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. Ideal for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain fillings may last up to 30 years.
Inlay vs. Onlay
- An inlays covers one cusp (or bump) of the surface of the tooth
- An onlay, sometimes called a partial crown, is more extensive, covering two or more cusps
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings. Our dentists are able to replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.
In many cases, the dentist will use a porcelain dental filling to replace your old filling. If the old filling was large and removing it will compromise the tooth, Dr. Neuhaus and Dr. Neuhaus may recommend a dental crown to add additional strength.
What To Do If You Have A Broken or Missing Dental Filling
If you have a missing or broken dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. As emergency dentists, Dr. Neuhaus and Dr. Neuhaus set aside time throughout their schedules to treat patients who are experiencing a dental emergency such as broken fillings. Contact us to schedule emergency treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
Want to find a dentist in Amherst, NY or the surrounding areas of Tonawanda and Wheatfield? Creekside Dentistry may be the perfect fit for your family’s needs. Whether you need a local dentist for general dentistry and routine care or a highly trained specialist to treat your complex dental problems, Dr. Neuhaus and Dr. Neuhaus can help.
Call us at 716.262.8070 or request an appointment online.