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Treat Cavities with Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings

To treat a cavity, our dentists will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area with durable, tooth-colored composite material that blends in beautifully with your natural tooth color. Fillings are also used to treat minor damage to teeth such as chips and cracks, and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).

What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?

First, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. Next, they will utilize a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed area. The choice of instrument depends on a few different factors, such as location and extent of the decay.

Our dentists will then probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been thoroughly removed, the space for the filling is prepared by cleaning the area of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, our dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve.

After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. A special light "cures" or hardens each applied layer. When the multilayering process is completed, our dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material, and polish the final restoration.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and Onlays are used to repair damage to a tooth’s biting surface (or cusp) with a type of filling that is less invasive than a crown. Though traditional dental fillings are a great option for patients with minor tooth decay, what are the options for restoring a tooth with significant damage? Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are a wonderful option of restoring a tooth with significant decay; they preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure compared to a crown, and compared to a large filling they can actually strengthen the tooth!

Inlay and Onlay Procedure

During the first visit, we will prepare and take an impression of the tooth, which will then be sent to a dental lab to create the inlay or onlay. A temporary filling material will be placed over the tooth to protect it while the inlay/onlay is being crafted. 

On your second visit, the temporary filling will be removed and the custom-made inlay/onlay will be cemented into place, resulting in a strong, stable and natural-looking restored tooth.

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