Composite fillings provide a healthy and aesthetic alternative to amalgam. We prefer safe, tooth-colored fillings rather than amalgam or silver fillings. Our patients also prefer the natural look that composite fillings give them.
Recent studies show that composite fillings perform as well or better than amalgam. In fact, they preserve more of the tooth as they require less removal of tooth structure in order to place the filling and are less prone to cracks and fractures.
Onlays & Inlays—Durable, aesthetic alternative for large cavities
There are instances when a tooth needing repair isn’t so damaged that a crown is needed but a regular filling isn’t enough. The solution is a dental onlay.
Because they cover one or more of the biting surfaces of the tooth, onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns,” and may be made of composite or porcelain, which are then matched to the patient’s natural tooth color. Regardless of their composition, onlays can last up to 30 years with proper care and treatment.
A dental inlay is used for another part of the tooth, the area between the cusps, (or rounded edges), at the center of the tooth’s surface. Smaller than an onlay, and made with either porcelain or composite, the inlay shade can be matched to a patient’s natural tooth color.
Dr. Woods has done many onlays and inlays during his years in practice, and has used both porcelain and composite material, depending on the patient needs.
Dr. Woods examines the tooth, and after treatment, decides whether a composite filling, onlay, inlay or crown is appropriate to maintain the integrity of the tooth.