Most people have developed at least one cavity that has needed to be filled. Dental fillings are the standard treatment for cavities, or to repair worn down, cracked or broken teeth.
White or tooth-colored fillings are constructed of composite material added to a resin. Composite fillings are durable and strong, but they do not compare to the strength and long-lasting wear of amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are created to match the shade of your teeth. However, tooth-colored fillings can stain over time. The adhesive used with the composites at Town Square Dental restores 70-80% of the original tooth strength.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay is placed in biting surfaces. An onlay is used to cover larger tooth areas. The longest lasting filling material available is gold. It provides great strength and it won’t tarnish. This type of filling is also very expensive.
There is also the option of porcelain inlays, which are not as strong as gold, but are very durable. They can be designed to match the color of your natural tooth. However, porcelain inlays are also quite costly.
Most filling procedures involve the use of a topical anesthetic, decay removal from the damaged tooth and the application of filling material. Your dentist will check your bite after the filling is in place to ensure your teeth are properly aligned.
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