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).
||Gold inlay or onlay: A gold 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