Dental Fillings/Restorations

DiNinno Family Dental – Fitchburg MA

Dental Restoration

Silver amalgam fillings are still in use today as they are the most economical choice for many patients. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Disadvantages of Silver fillings:

Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.

Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.

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Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment:

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!


This is an example of a composite restoration.  These are ideal for smaller restorations:

These amalgam restorations are no longer doing their job of protecting the inside of the tooth from bacteria and infection because the edges are starting to wear out.  These “fillings” did a great job of protecting the tooth and restoring function for many years, but at this point require replacement.

Tooth filling case photo

After restoration with a composite material, the teeth look great and idea form and function have been restored.

Tooth filling case photo

The two photographs below exhibit an old amalgam filling with decay under it and replacement with the newer composite materials.

Tooth filling case photo

Tooth filling case photo

Larger restorations, or fillings, may benefit from a lab made restoration such as a crown or onlay seen here:


Read Our Patient Reviews on Dental Fillings/Restorations

DiNinno Family Dental

5 out of 5 stars based on 58 Fillings/Restorations reviews.

Patient Review By Carol G

I've been a patient since Dr. Nick first started his practice in 1978. All of my family members are long time patients of DiNinno Family Dental. Both Dr. Nicks are great dentists and their hygenists, assistants, and staff are professional and friendly.

- Carol G

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Patient Review By Tom B

We (my wife and daughters included) have been regular patients of DiNinno Family Dental for more than 25 years. The care given our family has been wonderful. The staff is extremely courteous, our appointments are worked around our schedules, and the skill and expertise performed is second to none. Dr. DiNinno will sit down with you to describe the problem, if there is one, and give you options as to how to treat it. He works with you to provide excellent dental care, both short term and long term. Dr. DiNinno has provided orthodontics work for our daughters and my wife and the results have been outstanding. We've been extremely pleased. And with the very capable Dr. Nicholas DiNinno III joining the practice, the future looks very bright indeed for our dental needs.

- Tom B

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Patient Review By Paul M

Dr Nick has taken care of my teeth for years from filings to extractions. He has taken care of my girls teeth including braces with some challenging bites....a success across the board! Great staff, great facility and now with his son, Dr Nicholas on board, their great care continues through to the next generation.

- Paul M

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Patient Review By Eric D

I made the switch to DiNinno Family Dental a few years ago. I’ve found the staff to be the most friendly and welcoming of any dental office I’ve been a patient. At other dental offices, I used to get the feeling I was just a number and the dentist really wasn’t concerned about me (like getting an oil change). Now with DiNinno Family Dental, visiting the dentist is a pleasurable & relaxing experience! Most importantly-- I’ve never been in any discomfort through a handful of procedures.

- Eric D

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Patient Review By Christina D

I have been going to DiNinno Family Dental all of my life. I have had braces, fillings, cleanings, and extractions. With every visit I feel very welcomed and comfortable; the staff really focus on me. I have a wonderful smile to prove it! It's like I'm a member of the family!

- Christina D

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Patient Review By Ray P

"I Love Going To The Dentists!" Says no one ever! unless you're going to Dininno Family Dental. I've been going to Dr. Dininno for many years now, as do members of my family. Top shelf care from everyone there, excellent results always.

- Ray P

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Patient Review By Sandy I

The entire staff is warm and welcoming! I would definitely recommend this dental office!! My entire family has always received the best care for almost 30 years!!! The best part is that there is never any pain involved!

- Sandy I

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Patient Review By Greg P

Great service!

- Greg P

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