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 fabricated.
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 inlay or onlay: A porcelain
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