Dental Filling: Inlay or Composite?

Why do you need a dental filling?

A dental filling replaces parts of your tooth that have been lost through wear, damage, and/or decay. First, your dentist will carefully remove all the decay from your tooth, clean the affected area, and then restore the cavity with a strong, durable filling.

Tooth decay dissolves your teeth, creating cavities. If left untreated, your tooth decay will get worse over time leading to serious dental problems that could cause pain, which would require more extensive work, such as crowns, extractions, and implants. These extensive procedures could also come with a more extensive bill as well.

Here are some symptoms you may experience with tooth decay:

  • Sharp pain and sensitivity
  • Dark spot or a hole in the tooth
  • Broken or lost filling
  • Floss that keeps tearing in between teeth
  • Food always getting stuck between certain teeth

Please note: there may be times where you do not experience any of these symptoms with tooth decay. Your dentist will examine your teeth for cavities during your regular preventive care appointment. Some cavities can only be seen on x-rays. It is important to do routine x-rays to ensure asymptomatic cavities do not worsen over time.

Types of dental fillings:

Porcelain Inlay: hard custom manufactured inserts for cavities fitted to your tooth and cemented in place

Composite Filling: made of a putty-like resin that is placed in a simple cavity and hardened with a special light or laser

The advantages of porcelain inlays:

  • Aesthetically Better: colored to match the existing tooth and look completely natural. It is also stain resistant.
  • Perfect Fit: designed from our computer software, providing a perfect fit allowing the feeling and function of a natural tooth.
  • Strength & Stability: very durable and made to last over time. The porcelain inserts are very strong and once bonded, add significant strength to the decayed tooth.

The disadvantages of porcelain inlays:

  • Cost: more expensive than composite fillings depending on many factors, including the location of the tooth or teeth being worked on, as well as the size and shape of the decay.

Dental fillings are used to treat tooth decay in common cases, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you need fillings or not.

At Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, we want to make sure you and your family are protected against tooth decay and maintain the best oral health possible. Call to reserve a consultation with one of our dentists at (516) 825-1100.

Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

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