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
Onlays: In addition to fillings, lab fabricated
onlays are sometimes used. Although many patients think
of these as fillings as well, they are actually different
since they are laboratory fabricated.
||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 onlay: A porcelain onlay
is used when the cavity
is too big for a filling, but isn't so big that
a crown is required. 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.