Fillings

Prestige Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Sleep Apnea Dentists located in Beaverton, OR

Composite resin fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are the most natural-looking and efficient way to restore your tooth when you have a cavity. At Prestige Family Dentistry in Beaverton, Oregon, the skilled dental care team offers composite resin fillings, as well as inlays and onlays if a more extensive correction is needed. Use the online appointment maker, or call to schedule a visit to the office today.

Fillings Q & A

What are composite resin fillings?

Composite resin fillings are one of the three main options in fillings today. Prestige Family Dentistry uses composite resin fillings for patients because they offer excellent results and don’t alter the appearance of your teeth. 

Composite resin fillings are 100% mercury-free. They’re made of a blend of finely ground glass and high-tech plastics. Because your Prestige Family Dentistry dentist matches the composite resin to the exact shade of your teeth, you can’t even see them when you smile or laugh.

Amalgam fillings (old-fashioned silver ones) and gold are the two other options today. Neither offers the benefits that composite resin fillings do. 

How long do composite resin fillings last?

Composite resin fillings are long-lasting. The typical lifespan is a minimum of five years. 

What if I need a more complex restoration than fillings?

If composite resin fillings aren’t the right choice for your tooth restoration, your Prestige Family Dentistry dentist can give you either inlays or onlays. 

Inlays

An inlay is a specialized filling that fits within your tooth grooves, but it doesn't cover your tooth cusps. Because inlays are a more extensive restoration, they're generally more durable than standard fillings and might last longer.

Onlays

Onlays are similar to inlays but cover more area. They fit within your tooth and then cover the whole chewing surface and also at least one of the tooth cusps. Onlays are similar to crowns in some ways, but they don't cover the whole tooth the way that crowns do.

Even if you have significant tooth damage or decay, your Prestige Family Dentistry dentist can use composite resin fillings, inlays, onlays, or other restoration options to help you keep your teeth. 

When are fillings better than tooth extraction?

In virtually every case, restoring your tooth using composite resin fillings, inlays, overlays, or other options are better than extraction. After tooth extraction, your teeth could begin moving into the empty spot. This causes alignment problems and could leave you with crooked teeth, difficulty chewing, and increased rates of tooth decay. 

Composite resin fillings that return your tooth to its normal appearance can take just one or two appointments at Prestige Family Dentistry. Use the online booking tool, or call for your appointment today.