If you have a cavity or have experienced decay, you might need an inlay, onlay or filling to complete the part of the tooth that is missing. These treatments are all made from a resin that your body is compatible with. We never use amalgam fillings because of the presence of mercury in them. In fact, we offer safe amalgam removal if you would like to replace your old fillings.
Bacteria create harmful acids from sugars that come from the food we eat. If food and plaque (the residue where bacteria reside) aren’t regularly cleaned away, they can build up and wear away at the tooth’s enamel. Eventually, you may find yourself with a painful cavity or hole in your tooth from the acid produced by the bacteria.
When this happens, the dentist will need to clean out the cavity and fill it, so bacteria cannot do more damage. Fillings restore the tooth to its original shape, so patients can function normally. Cavities left untreated could cause the root pulp to get infected, causing pain, bleeding, abscesses, and even the loss of a tooth.
The dentist will examine your teeth and take an x-ray to check if you have a cavity first. If you do need a filling, here’s what you can expect:
Also known as “indirect fillings,” inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and attached to the tooth after. They’re similar to crowns, but they don’t require quite as much enamel removal. Here’s what you can expect if you’re getting an inlay or onlay:
Dr. Erwin makes every effort to ensure his patients have a positive experience. Inlays, onlays, and fillings are nothing to be scared about. The procedures are relatively simple and painless. However, not getting cavities or tooth damage treated can have negative repercussions, so make an appointment with your dentist if something is wrong with your teeth.