Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are composed of different metals including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury, that has been the most popular and effective filling material used in dentistry for the last 150 years.

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to treat cavities and to help prevent further tooth decay. Materials used for fillings include an amalgam, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings). Dental amalgams have been used since the 19th century. They are composed of a mixture of silver, tin, copper and mercury.

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Preserving Tooth Structure

Teeth that have decay with cuspal involvement usually require onlays or crowns for additional strength.  It is important to maintain as much of the original tooth structure in order to preserve its integrity, strength, and reduce postoperative sensitivity. Maintaining tooth structure increases the prognosis of the tooth if the restoration should fail in the future.

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Inlays and Onlays longevity

Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay or other tooth damages. The superior fit and durable material make inlays and onlays a great choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.

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Gold or Porcelain Onlays?

Dr. Kopel speaks about the inlays and onlays materials dentists used to restore a damaged tooth. Today we use porcelain instead of gold because porcelain onlays rely only on bond strength.

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Ceramic Inlays and Onlays

WHAT ARE ALL CERAMIC INLAYS AND ONLAYS? An inlay or onlay is a type of material which is placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth and are seen as a good alternative to a crown.

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