Cavities caused by tooth decay almost always require fillings. Where the cavity is on a particular tooth and where that tooth is in your mouth or smile will greatly affect the type of filling material the dentist recommends.
Gold and porcelain fillings often require two dental procedures. The first procedure removed all of the tooth decay from the enamel of the tooth. Then an impression is made and the cavity is given a temporary filling.
The impression is then sent to a dental lab where the final filling is produced. During your second procedure the dentist seats the filling into the cavity and cements it in place.
Inlays are used to fill cavities that have formed in the occlusal or biting surface of the tooth. While gold is more durable, some people prefer porcelain because the color can be matched to the tooth for a more cosmetic appearance.
Onlays are typically used to fill larger cavities that have formed on the bite surface of a tooth. Onlays might also be used in situations where the tooth decay includes the bit surface as well as other portions of the tooth.
Typically onlays are the last step before you will need a crown to replace the loss of tooth enamel.
If you have questions about your fillings or feel you need a procedure to take care of a cavity, please call us at 386.752.1342 to schedule an appointment.