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Until recently, dentists filled and sealed cavities exclusively using
a silver and mercury amalgam. Unfortunately, these fillings (or
restorations) often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the
original tooth that has to be removed.
Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite fillings as a
strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings
utilize a soft white plastic substance that includes a hardening
Replacing large fillings on back teeth often require a stronger and
properly contoured restoration. These are called inlays or onlays
depending on their size. These restorations need to be custom-made at
an off-site dental lab and two visits may be required.
Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient
returns to the dentist's office, where they are bonded into place.
Onlays protect teeth similarly as crowns but conserve more natural
tooth structure. Onlays should provide decades of service. Our office
has performed thousands of these procedures successfully.