We can restore the tooth back to its original contours using tooth-colored filling material, gold or porcelain. We do not use silver-mercury black fillings; that procedure was discontinued at Sitka Dental in the early 1990s. Both Dr. Jacobsen and Dr. Pearson have been trained in the minimally invasive technique, which will many times allow the tooth to be rebuilt without resorting to a crown, thereby saving as much good tooth structure as possible.
After decay is removed from a
tooth, something must be placed in that space to give strength
back to the tooth.
Fillings: Fillings are the most common restorative
Onlays: In addition to fillings, lab fabricated
onlays are sometimes used. Although many patients think
of these as fillings as well, they are actually different
since they are laboratory fabricated.
||White fillings: An attractive, durable alternative
to silver-mercury fillings. White fillings are made
of a strong composite resin that is matched to the surrounding
tooth color. In the past, white fillings were placed only
on front teeth, but recently a stronger more durable material
has been developed that can withstand the chewing pressure
of back teeth.
||White Porcelain onlay: A porcelain onlay
is used when the cavity
is too big for a filling, but isn't so big that
a crown is required. Onlays
(also known as overlays) will overlay one or more
cusps in order to protect and strengthen the tooth.
|An inlay or onlay may also be made of gold.