Top Treatments for Cavities
By Steven Kail on May 23, 2013
Though cavities are often thought of as a childhood dental problem, they commonly occur in adults. Fortunately, unsightly metal fillings are no longer the only option for treating cavities. Today, there are a number of tooth-colored restorative options to repair and restore the teeth to their natural beauty. Read on to learn about the top treatments for dental cavities amongst Jackson cosmetic dentistry patients.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are one of the most popular option for treating cavities. Tooth colored fillings are made out of either ceramic or composite resin for a natural, flawless look. There are many benefits to treating cavities with either ceramic or composite resin fillings.
Ceramic and composite resin can be colored to closely match the surrounding teeth while also mimicking the teeth's natural qualities. Both materials are very durable. Ceramic fillings will last about as long as silver amalgam fillings. Composite fillings sometimes don't last as long and may need replacement after five to 10 years.
Both ceramic and composite resin fillings require less of the tooth to be removed than metal fillings. This helps retain the tooth's strength. Tooth colored fillings restore the appearance of the teeth so patients can smile with confidence.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are another popular treatment for cavities. Inlays and onlays are made of composite resin or porcelain, which is shaded to match the surrounding tooth material. Though inlays and onlays are used to treat cavities, they are slightly different from fillings, the main difference being inlays and onlays typically require two dental visits to place.
During the first dental visit, impressions are made of the teeth and are then sent to a dental lab for the inlay or onlay to be custom crafted. Once the inlay or onlay is ready, a second appointment is needed to fit and bond the restoration and complete the treatment.
Another unique feature of inlays and onlays is that they are used to treat decay of the back, or molar, teeth. Inlays are generally used when decay is contained within the cusps while onlays are used when decay extends beyond the cusps. Onlays are also called partial crowns.
Teeth with large fillings are at risk for cracking and breaking due to the weakening of the tooth walls. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that are used to encapsulate damaged teeth and protect them from further damage, while also improving appearance.
Dental crown treatment generally requires two dental visits. As with inlays and onlays, the first visit is to take impressions of the teeth. Dental impressions are sent to a lab where the dental crown is custom made. Next, the prepared crown is bonded to the tooth to complete the restoration process. For patients in Jackson, dental crowns are a popular option to restore the strength and appearance of teeth damaged by cavities.
Schedule a Consultation
These are just few of the most popular treatments for cavities. Dr. Steven Kail welcomes patients to schedule a consultation at Premier Dental Center to discuss the development of a personalized treatment plan.
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