Restore your smile with healthy, metal-free materials
Dr. Dinh uses all metal-free materials for her dental restorations because they are generally healthier and look more natural than metal-based materials. She uses porcelain for inlays and onlays and a composite tooth-colored resin for fillings. These materials are not only very durable replacements for traditional metal fillings, but have the added aesthetic benefit of being unnoticeable to the eye.
Dr. Dinh can restore your teeth with composite, tooth-colored fillings as a safer and more appealing solution to metal fillings. Amalgam material, which contains mercury, is not only a health risk but is ugly and not necessarily biocompatible. Composite fillings are safe, affordable, bio-compatible and natural-looking.
Advantages of composite tooth-colored fillings
- Long-lasting, affordable solution
- High-quality aesthetic material
- Protects tooth structure from cracking
- Direct bonding to teeth for maximum support
- Sealing prevents bacterial invasion and decay
All-porcelain inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are types of restorations that are used when the damage to the tooth requires more than a filling but doesn’t necessarily require a crown. They can be used to replace a larger filling that is failing, such as metal amalgam, or to restore a damaged tooth.
Inlays are used to fill in the space between the a tooth’s cusps (outer ridges of the tooth), and typically require minimal reduction of the tooth structure.
Onlays are placed over the cusps, though not as extensively as a crown.The fact that both onlays and inlays require very little reduction of tooth structure means they are a conservative solution and have the benefit of preserving the strength of a natural tooth, making them a great alternative to crowns.To make an appointment, call (650) 368-9444 or click here to request an appointment online.