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 procedure.
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
||White fillings: White fillings are used almost all of the
time in our office. They are an attractive, durable 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.
||Silver (amalgam) fillings: Although white composite resin
fillings are used almost exclusively by our office, there may be unique
circumstances that call for a silver (amalgam) filling. Typically,
silver fillings are placed on back teeth (molars).
||White Porcelain or Resin inlay or onlay: A porcelain or resin
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.
|An inlay or onlay may also be made of gold.