What are the options of replacing old fillings?
In the modern day the restorative material used is determined on the size of the cavity that exists are removing the fractures, decay, old restorations.
The basic options available for restoring your teeth are
1. Composite (plastic) fillings
these are generally done when you lose less than 40% of your tooth structure. They last a very long time. Research shows that if you lose 40% of your tooth you lose 90% of its strength.
2. Ceramic inlays (porcelain)
these restorations are used when you lose about 40% to 60% of your tooth structure. They are much stronger than the plastic restorations and are made in a laboratory. They require two visits to do. The first visit, we remove the decay, old restoration and fractures if any. An impression is taken and sent to a laboratory. In the meantime a temporary filling is placed. In the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed and the definitive porcelain inlay is placed.
these are generally done when you have lost more than 60% of your tooth structure. This is there is not much toot structure to hold a filling or an inlay and therefore you need to cover the whole tooth to protect it from breaking or fracturing.
There are multiple types of crowns and we would go through which one would be better suited for your needs.