At our Winnipeg dental clinic, our dentists use fillings to repair a cavity, and help restore the tooth's function and structure.
If your dentist finds a cavity or any tooth damage like a crack or fracture your dentist may recommend using a filling to repair it. Fillings can be made from a number of materials and your dentist can help you decide what option is right for you.
There are a variety of filling materials available, each with their own benefits. Composite (white) and amalgam (silver) fillings are the most common types of materials used.
White composite fillings are popular because they can be closely matched to existing teeth. A dentist might recommend this material if the affected tooth can be seen when you open your mouth to talk or smile.
Silver amalgam fillings don't blend in as well but they are very strong and may be less likely to break compared to other materials.
With proper care, most dental fillings can last for many years. They are not permanent and may need to be replaced.
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations that are made outside of the mouth as a single, solid piece, and then used to fill a cavity.
Inlays and onlays are used to repair molars or premolars, in cases when the tooth is too damaged to support a standard dental filling, but not damaged enough to warrant a crown. Inlays are used to repair decay in the pits and fissures of a tooth, between the cusps. Onlays, on the other hand, will cover one or more cusps as well.
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