After decay is removed from a
tooth, something must be placed in that space to give strength
back to the tooth.
Fillings: Fillings are the most common restorative
Inlays and onlays: In addition to fillings, lab fabricated
inlays and onlays are sometimes used. Although many patients
think of these as fillings as well, they are actually different
since they are laboratory fabricated.
fillings: White fillings are an alternative to silver
(amalgam) fillings. White fillings are made of a strong composite
resin that is matched to the surrounding tooth color. In the
past, white fillings were placed only on front teeth, but
recently a stronger more durable material has been developed
that can withstand the chewing pressure of back teeth.
White fillings are most commonly used for:
- Cosmetic reasons
- Patients who prefer mercury-free fillings
- Patients with sensitivity
to heat or cold - the composite resin doesn't conduct temperature
changes as fast as silver or gold.
(amalgam) fillings: Silver fillings have been used reliably
for many years. Typically, silver fillings are placed on back
teeth (molars). They are an economical way of providing a
lasting restoration for many cavities.
The material is specially formulated to withstand years of
Porcelain inlay or onlay: A porcelain inlay or onlay is
used when the cavity is too big
for a filling, but isn't so big that a crown
is required. An inlay is a filling within the cusp tips of
the tooth. Onlays (also known as overlays) will overlay one
or more cusps in order to protect and strengthen the tooth.
inlay or onlay may also be made of gold.