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
procedure. Our office uses only white mercury-free fillings.
Inlays and onlays: In addition to fillings, lab fabricated
inlays and onlays are available in white
porcelain or resin. Although many patients think of these
as fillings as well, they are actually different since they
are laboratory fabricated.
||White fillings: Our office uses only mercury-free
white 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.
Advantage of white fillings:
- White restorations are more natural looking
- Many patients prefer mercury-free fillings
- Patients with sensitivity
to heat or cold find that the composite resin doesn't conduct
temperature changes as fast as silver or gold.
||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
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