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
||White fillings: Our office only uses mercury-free
white fillings. 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.
||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.
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