Posts for tag: fillings

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a great smile? Cosmetic fillings can make your teeth look like new again. Cosmetic dental fillings are the most popular type of fillingsfillings because they look natural. Dr. Wayne Cook is one of the finest family and cosmetic dentists in Marion, AR. He offers a full range of dental services, including cosmetic fillings. Here are the top five benefits of cosmetic fillings:

1. Maintain Tooth Health

Composite is a mixture of powdered glass-like particles and acrylic resin that produces a tooth-colored filling. Cosmetic fillings work wonderfully for cavities. Most of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure tightly together to prevent fracture and further decay.

2. Pleasing Appearance

Traditional amalgam fillings are less popular than cosmetic fillings because of their silver-like appearance. Once your Marion, AR, dentist completes your cosmetic dental filling, it will look completely natural and won’t be noticeable when you smile or speak.

3. Avoid Allergens

Some individuals, especially those with a family history of metal allergies, are allergic to one or more of the metals in traditional amalgam fillings. For patients who are allergic to the metals used in traditional fillings, cosmetic fillings can restore the teeth without risk of an allergic reaction.

4. Good Durability

Dental fillings may last many years but, eventually, all fillings need to be replaced. Composite is a strong material, providing good durability in small to mid-sized dental restorations. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well. Composite fillings are strong enough to use in back teeth.

5. One Single Visit

Say goodbye to lengthy treatment sessions at the dentist's office. Your cosmetic fillings can be completed in one single visit. The treatment will be completed quickly and you will leave the same day with your dental restoration.

Having cosmetic fillings done will do you and your smile a world of good. If you need a dental filling and reside in the Marion, AR, area, call our dental office at 870-739-8799 today to schedule an appointment for the best tooth repair possible. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great too. 

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
July 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Q: I’ve never heard these terms used in dentistry. What are they?
A: In the decorative arts, an inlay refers to a small piece of distinctive material that’s set into a larger matrix: a mother of pearl accent worked into the lid of a wooden box, for example. In dentistry, it means something similar: a filling (or restoration) that’s fabricated in a dental laboratory, and then set into a tooth in an area that has been damaged or lost.

Q: What’s the difference between inlays and onlays?
A: An inlay is made to fit in between the cusps (small points or ridges) of a back tooth (molar or premolar), and it covers only a small region of the biting surface of the tooth. If the restoration covers one or more of the cusps, it’s an onlay.

Q: Why would I need to have one of these restorations?
A: When a tooth has suffered damage (from decay or trauma, for example), and the affected area is too large to fill with a simple filling — but not large enough to need a full crown (cap) — then an inlay or onlay may be just right. Both of these procedures are considered “indirect fillings,” because the restoration itself is custom-fabricated in a laboratory and then bonded to the tooth in the dental office.

Q: What is the procedure for getting an inlay or onlay?
A: It’s similar to having a crown placed, in that it typically takes more than one office visit — yet an inlay or onlay involves less removal of tooth structure than a crown would require. On the first visit, after the area has been anesthetized (usually with a numbing shot), any decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped to receive the restoration. Next, a model of the tooth is made (either with putty or in digital form), and the tooth receives a temporary filling. The laboratory uses this model to create the actual inlay or onlay, which may take a few days; it is then permanently attached to the tooth on a second visit to the office. However, with today’s advances in CAD/CAM (computer aided design/ manufacturing) technology, some inlays or onlays can be made in the office and placed in the same visit.

Q: What else do I need to know about these tooth restorations?
A: Both inlays and onlays are strong and long-lasting restorations that need no more care than you would normally give your teeth: namely, regular brushing and flossing, and periodic checkups at our office. But because they don’t require the removal of a great deal of natural tooth material, they are considered relatively conservative treatments. After a thorough dental examination, we can recommend the type of tooth restoration that’s most appropriate in your individual circumstances.

If you’d like to find out more about inlays or onlays, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings.”

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Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
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