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: White fillings 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: 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 most cavities. The material is specially formulated to withstand years of chewing pressure.
||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.