Robert A Foster, Jr
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
1230 Johnson Ferry Place
Marietta, GA 30068
Tooth Colored Restoration
Enamel is the hardest material in the human body, so when decay attacks your tooth and causes a break in the enamel, the disease progresses. We must stop the spread of infection of decay. Once that is done, there needs to be a material placed in that area to restore function as well as beauty to the tooth.
Studies done in 1993 state that there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), however, more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better.
However, a tooth can only be “filled” so many times. When there is insufficient tooth structure remaining to which material can be bonded , the tooth will probably require a laboratory fabricated inlay/onlay or a full coverage crown.