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A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. When you get a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed material from the tooth, clean the affected area, and then fill the area with a material designed for fillings. There are many types of filling material available, ranging from gold to porcelain.
The most simple filling you will ever receive! With the help of CEREC, you can get a filling in just one quick visit. This is good not only for new fillings but can also be used to replace old unsightly metal fillings. CEREC is chosen by many dentists to help restore teeth back to their natural beauty and shine. Instead of the traditional fillings, which use resin or composite materials, the CEREC machine uses porcelain. Porcelain has a higher success rate and lasts much longer than the traditional non-CEREC fillings. The first step is examining you tooth structure that is to be restored. The treatment area is prepped and a digital impression is taken of the restoration area. Instead of those messy uncomfortable molds, our office simply scans the area with a wand that captures the teeth in which your fillings are to be placed. Next, we use the CEREC machine that helps us to create a 3D model of your restoration. After the design phase is complete, this information is sent to the milling machine where it mills your prefabricated porcelain filling. Once complete, the filling is ready to be placed and polished during your same visit. This process is quick, simple and creates the same feel and functionality of your natural teeth with pleasing aesthetics as well as long lasting results.
We Offer Same-Day Inlays & Onlays
Our office is unique and we are happy to provide our patients with single-visit inlays and onlays because of our amazing CEREC machine. Usually inlays and onlays require us taking a dental impression of your teeth and sending it to a lab to have your final restoration custom fabricated by highly skilled technicians. The CEREC machine allows the entire process to be done in-house and without us having to take a messy impression. Using CEREC, we will scan your mouth, design a restoration on a computer and finally have our in-house milling machine fabricate the restoration right in front of you.
If you would like to learn more about our same-day dentistry procedures, call us anytime at 707-255-6300 or request an appointment to come in a experience the benefits of receiving a dental restoration in one day.
Replacing Old Fillings
There is now new technology that allows you to replace old silver and gold fillings with a more natural looking, composite filling. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and research has proven them to be about 90% as strong and healthy as natural tooth material.
Old fillings have been known to break down overtime, creating the potential for cavities, pain or even cracking the tooth itself! Composite fillings can be completed in a single visit, look and function like your natural teeth and have less of a chance of problems in the future.
How Much Do White Fillings Cost?
As with every dental procedure, prices vary depending on each person's unique treatment situation but white fillings generally cost more than metal fillings. Most patients report back to us that the advantages of white fillings outweigh the price differences because of their natural appearance and unique ability to bond to the teeth.
Are White Fillings Covered Under Dental Insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover the price of white fillings up to that of metal fillings. Robert R Martin, DDS will gladly check with your dental insurance provider to see just how much they will cover and help you experience white fillings for yourself.
If you are thinking about replacing your old metal fillings with natural-looking white fillings, please call us at 707-255-6300 or request an appointment today. We'll get you in and will go over everything needed to get you on your way to a much more natural looking smile.