Tooth Decay Treatment Options
Many materials are available to restore a decayed or damaged tooth, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Wood will discuss your options and review the benefits of the various treatment alternatives.
- A dental filling is a restoration used to repair a tooth that is affected by tooth decay, cracks, or other defects. Restorative materials may include tooth-colored composite resin or dental amalgam. These dental restorations are completed in one appointment.
- An inlay, similar to a filling, is a custom restoration made of processed composite resin, porcelain, or gold alloy. The inlay is fabricated in a professional dental laboratory and is cemented or bonded to the tooth by the dentist. Inlays are more complex restorations than dental fillings, and require two appointments to complete.
- An onlay is a custom restoration that covers the chewing surface of back teeth. It is made of processed composite resin, porcelain, or gold alloy and is most often a larger and more involved restoration than an inlay. The onlay is fabricated in a professional dental laboratory and is cemented or bonded onto the tooth by the dentist. Onlay restorations are completed in two appointments.