After decay is removed from a
tooth, something must be placed in that space to give strength
back to the tooth.
Fillings are the most common restorative
procedure. Our office uses only metal-free fillings.
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 are often preferable because:
- Cosmetic reasons
- Many patients prefer mercury-free fillings
- Patients with sensitivity to heat or cold find
metal-free fillings to be more
White fillings: White fillings are an 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
pressure of back teeth.