Once you and your doctor have agreed on a filling, decay in the tooth will first be removed either by drilling or using laser therapy. If drilling is going to be done, you will be given a local anesthesia to numb the area first. With laser therapy anesthesia will generally not be necessary, but some dentists might give topical anesthesia before starting work on the decayed tooth. When the decay has been removed, the affected area will be cleaned and then filled and restored with materials such as tooth-colored fillings (called composite resin), porcelain, amalgam (an alloy of silver, copper, mercury and tin) or gold. Spaces where bacteria can enter, will also be closed off to prevent further decay.
Instead of silver fillings, we create safe and durable porcelain inlays and tooth-colored onlays for our patients. These fillings are unnoticeable and also strengthen teeth because of good bonding technologies used by our practice.
Resin onlays create better, tight fits to the natural teeth, keeping them intact and also strengthening them. They can even be used in instances where a lot of the original tooth’s structure has been lost. Resin and tooth-colored restorations also contain fluoride which assists in preventing decay. Resin feels natural and does not need to be placed at the gum line, which is healthier for your teeth. Natural-looking teeth result in a beautiful smile for you!