Most Americans are familiar with silver fillings (also known as amalgams) as they have been used for years to fill cavities.
However, as new materials and technology has come to market, there are more options available to patients, and more dentists willing to provide these options.
Without getting too technical, silver fillings can expand and contract with hot and cold, and this movement can cause cracks along the border of the filling. What this means is that tiny gaps exist between the actual tooth and filling, leaving room for bacteria to make its way beneath the filling.
Decay is not too pleasant to look at.
Fortunately, resin based composite fillings as well as porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns look more like our own teeth and they can be designed at the dentist in one-visit. Dr. Ali often uses the CEREC machine to custom design a porcelain restoration that will save as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.
Here's another example:
Porcelain is a material that gets bonded to teeth so it provides a strength that metals do not offer. The finished product is a natural looking tooth that has been restored to its function, shape, strength, and beauty.