A filling in a tooth is required when a cavity/decay develops in the tooth. Oftentimes, a cavity won’t hurt until it is quite deep, potentially infecting the nerve of the tooth. When caught early, a cavity can be easily cleaned out and treated with a simple filling. Made of tooth-colored ceramic and plastic materials, composite fillings restore the teeth’s natural beauty.
Inlays and onlays are often used to restore teeth with large areas of decay and wear. When you do not need a full crown, inlays/onlays may be the solution. An inlay fits within the contours of a tooth, while an onlay restores one or more cusps (peaks) of the tooth. The procedure is a lab-made filling in which composite, porcelain, or gold is applied to a tooth to provide support as a more conservative treatment option as opposed to a crown.