Teeth are susceptible to developing cavities, particularly if they are not cared for properly. This type of tooth decay can become painful and make the affected tooth vulnerable to more severe conditions. Fortunately, cavities can be repaired with fillings, inlays, or onlays of various compositions, depending on the patient’s dental needs and aesthetic objectives.
Benefits of Filling and Inlays/Onlays
- Strengthens teeth that experience decay
- Alleviates tooth pain caused by cavities
- Restores the structure of a tooth affected decay and wear
A patient requires a filling if they develop a cavity or some degree of tooth decay. Often, a cavity will not hurt until it progresses deep into the tooth, potentially causing a severe infection. When caught early, a cavity can be easily cleaned out and treated with a simple filling. Composite fillings are made of tooth-colored ceramic and plastic materials, and they can restore the natural beauty of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays are used to repair and restore teeth with large areas of decay and wear. Patients who do not require a full crown can benefit from treatment with inlays/onlays. An inlay fits within the contours of a tooth, while an onlay is designed to restore one or more cusps (peaks) of the tooth. The procedure involves placing a lab-made filling composed of composite, porcelain, or gold to the affected tooth to provide support. This approach offers conservative treatment as opposed to a crown.
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