The professionals at Oral Health Associates provide the latest options in restorative dentistry. While fillings have been around for a long time, the technology regarding their use and formation has evolved. Our Green Bay dentists take into account your needs for fillings, and we even have the option to provide patients with metal-free fillings that look like natural teeth.
When a tooth experiences decay, it is often on the inside. Eventually the decay on the inside of a tooth reaches the outside, providing proof of a problem to the patient and dental professional in the form of a cavity. Fillings are made of materials that fill this void in order to stop the progression of decay and make the tooth strong again.
There are two main types of fillings: metal and metal-free. Metal fillings can be either made of amalgam, which is a silver-colored option used for over 100 years, or cast gold. Amalgam contains mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Cast gold is a combination of gold and other metals, but does not include mercury.
Metal-free fillings are either composite or porcelain. Composite is a mix of glass and plastic that bond to the rest of the tooth for a natural look. Porcelain is a high-tech ceramic that is not only natural looking, but it is also more difficult to stain than the composite option.
There are times when a filling does not offer the coverage or repair desired for the amount of decay to the tooth. When the damage is too much for a filling but too little to require a crown, patients may be able to receive an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are made by a lab outside of the dental office. Inlays cover the area within the cusps of premolars or back molars. Onlays rest over one or more of the cusps.
Your Green Bay family dentists at Oral Health Associates believe in providing you with all of the best options, which includes metal-free fillings. To learn more, contact us by calling 920-437-3376, or request an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.
You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.
In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
Oral Health Associates