Restorative Dentistry in Lake Elsinore, California 92532
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Tooth-Colored Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings are made from a resin that matches your teeth’ color. They are less visible than metal fillings and can be used to repair small cavities or cracks. Tooth-colored fillings are also known as composite fillings. The procedure for placing a tooth-colored filling is similar to that used for placing a metal filling. First, the dentist will clean out the cavity and remove any decaying tooth material. Next, they will place the resin into the cavity and use a light to harden it. Once the filling has hardened, the dentist will trim and polish it, so it blends in with the rest of your tooth. In some cases, tooth-colored fillings can also be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth.
Inlays & Onlays: Inlays and Onlays are indirect restorations (fillings) used when tooth damage can’t be fixed with a standard filling. An inlay lies entirely within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. An onlay covers one or more cusps. Inlays and Onlays are made of gold, tooth-colored composite resin, or ceramic. They’re usually more durable and more expensive-than direct fillings made of tooth-colored composite resin or amalgam (a mixture of metals).
Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. A crown restores a tooth’s function, shape, and appearance. Crowns are very versatile and can be used to protect a tooth damaged by decay or fracture, to support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining, to attach a dental bridge, or to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth. The crown will strengthen the tooth and give it support so you can chew and bite like normal.