A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

The material of choice, resin or porcelain/ceramic will depend on each individual situation. This will depend on the extent of repair, how much of the tooth requires restoring and cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

  • Composite resins are a directly placed filling material that is matched exactly to the color of your teeth. They are typically used in more conservative situations.
  • Porcelain fillings called inlays, onlays or 3/4 crowns are custom made in the office while you wait with CEREC technology or in certain circumstances in a lab by a master ceramist. They are bonded to your tooth and are used when larger portions of the tooth requires restoring. They provide increased durability, strength and stain resistance. Either options provides a natural long lasting result.

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