White composite restorations are completed in one visit as they are what is known as a direct restoration. Indirect restorations are those made in a dental laboratory, such as porcelain inlays or onlays, crowns, and veneers. These procedures take two visits, with a wait in between while the lab custom fabricates your restoration.
Besides the advantage of matching tooth enamel, tooth-colored restorations strengthens the tooth and prolongs the life of it. This is because they are bonded to the tooth. The material used for tooth-colored restoration is soft and moldable when it is applied to the cavity prep. When the cavity is then filled and the surface smoothed for your bite a curing light is used to harden the filling. Now the restoration is part of your tooth and will help hold it together as one. This type of restoration exerts inward pressure leading to more long-term stability. Metal restorations are not bonded to the tooth, they are simply packed tightly into the cavity prep. Metal restorations exert outward pressure on the tooth, gradually weakening and causing teeth to crack or completely break. When teeth break or crack more extensive treatment is typically indicated i.e crown or extraction if necessary.
We offer tooth-colored restorations as a better alternative to metal restorations. The long term benefits of this type of restoration are timeless and cosmetically appealing to all patients.