Tuesday, October 8, 2013
What Type of Filling is Right?
Today there are many options available to repair teeth that are decaying. White fillings, porcelain and gold fillings called inlays and onlays, and crowns. How do you know what is right for you?
"A dentist takes into consideration a number of factors when determining what type of recommendation to make," says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley Dental Practice. "We look at the amount of decay that is occurring, but we are also looking at the surrounding teeth." The teeth that oppose or are touched when chewing also make a difference in the type of final restoration that will be best for a patient. Composite or white fillings are great for small areas of decay. The composite material adheres to the tooth and bonds to create a natural appearance that is also very strong. When the tooth has sustained more damage an inlay or onlay may be the best choice for the patient. These are generally manufactured at a lab and provide protection to the biting surface of your tooth. "But sometimes the damage is extensive," Dr. Ko says. "When that is the case, the only solution may be a crown." A crown is a full cover placed after all the decay is removed. To determine what is best for your situation means sitting down with your dentist and exploring the options.
You can learn more about how fillings are done here.