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 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.