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Fillings, Inlays, & Onlays

Dental Fillings

When it comes to removing minor decay and restoring the appearance of teeth, dental fillings are the basic procedure for achieving a beautiful and cost-effective result. While most dental specialists formerly relied on silver (amalgam) teeth fillings for cavities, that is no longer the case. Although silver fillings have proven to be an effective solution for treating tooth decay, they have become less popular over the years and have been replaced by aesthetically pleasing white composite fillings.

Unlike the noticeable silver tooth filling, white tooth fillings are made with a resin material that blends into the tooth so the filling is virtually invisible. In addition to being more attractive, the resin strengthens the teeth and lowers the risk of fractures that occur due to the expansion and contraction properties of silver dental fillings that do not bond to teeth. Because resin bonds to the tooth, it enables the dentist to save more of the natural tooth structure, leaving more of the healthy part of the tooth intact.

Many patients come to Appearance Implants to get new composite fillings, as well as to replace amalgam teeth fillings. For cavities that are older, an Appearance Implant dentist can easily replace old silver tooth fillings, producing more updated and natural-looking results. The procedure usually requires just one visit to the dentist. Like all treatments performed by Appearance Implants, our composite teeth fillings for cavities are an affordable solution.


Contrary to popular belief, all dental repairs do not require an extreme makeover. In many cases, dental inlay and onlay procedures remedy less serious dental issues including the repair of mild to moderately decayed teeth, as well as fractured or cracked teeth that do not warrant crowns.

Dental inlays and onlays used in tooth restoration are made from tooth-colored material to ensure natural-looking results. Dental inlays and onlays are also used to assist in tooth restoration by acting as tooth-colored fillings to replace old metal amalgam fillings. An attractive alternative to metal fillings, dental inlays and onlays continue to be in demand among patients.

Inlays and onlays are typically made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Porcelain is the most popular because it resembles the natural color of teeth. A dental inlay is an indirect restoration that is fitted to fill a cavity and cemented into place. Unlike the dental inlay, the dental onlay requires more work. Onlays are traditionally used when tooth reconstruction is required. Opting for an onlay instead of a crown means more of the tooth’s structure remains intact.

At Appearance Implants, our team of specialists is well versed in performing high-quality tooth restoration services. We offer affordable dental inlay and onlay procedures to our patients.

Replacement of Old Metal Fillings

As the health risks of metal (amalgam) dental fillings continue to raise concerns, it has become more common for people to have them removed and replaced. Appearance Implants offers state-of-the-art composite (tooth colored) fillings to replace silver fillings, which may contain mercury. Because mercury is proven to cause health problems, patients are opting to swap out silver fillings in favor of composite fillings.

While amalgam (metal) fillings have always been an effective filling material for restoring teeth, they do not provide a natural-looking appearance. Many patients now prefer state-of-the-art, white tooth-colored fillings known as “bonding” that provide durable, mercury-free restorations.

By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of the tooth, our skilled dentists are able to implement white fillings that are virtually invisible. These white restorations look great and can transform your smile quickly and affordably in just one visit.