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Are There Different Ways to Fix Cavities?


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dental Care of Burlington
A 3d rendering of a tooth with decayCavities are the bane of many of our existence because some of us are more prone to cavities than others, and no matter how well you brush and floss, there are times you are going to get one. In fact, only about four percent of all Americans go through life without a single cavity. You may think that one cavity is the same as another, but the truth is that each cavity is different and may require a different procedure to fix it.

Fillings


The most common way to fix a cavity is through a filling. In the past, fillings were made of precious metals like gold or silver, which indicated someone was wealthy enough to have their cavities filled. However, the adults of today want their fillings to look like the rest of their teeth, which is why the majority of fillings now are made from porcelain or resin. These fillings can be color-matched to the rest of your tooth, and once the filling is complete, it can last for decades if you care for your teeth properly.

Crowns


If your cavity is small, it can be fixed easily with a simple tooth filling that fills in the hole. However, what happens if your cavity is larger and more difficult to fill in properly? If you have a large cavity, and especially if it has reached the center of your tooth, you may need a crown. Crowns are like coverings for your tooth to protect it from any more damage and strengthen your weakened tooth. Like fillings, crowns used to be gold or silver, but today, most people prefer their crowns to be tooth-colored.

Inlays and Onlays


If you get a cavity on the biting surface of one of your molars, and it is large, you may need a special filling that is a cross between a filling and a crown. Both inlays and onlays cover the biting edges of your molars like a crown, but they do not cover your entire tooth. This allows your molar to continue to do its job while eliminating the cavity.

Not sure how to fix your cavity? Let our dentist figure that out! Give us a call today.

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