Tooth decay is a fact of life for most people. In fact, studies show that only approximately 1% of Americans are immune to the germs which cause cavities. Tooth decay is an infection which results from the presence of a specific strain of oral bacteria: Streptococcus mutans. Because tooth decay compromises your oral health and possibly impacts your overall health, the Moreno Valley dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley are determined to provide you with the best options for restoring decayed teeth.
Fillings are used to replace the missing structure from small spaces of decay in teeth. For a long time, fillings were made from silver amalgam which was cosmetically obvious and contained small levels of mercury. In modern times, you can rest assured that we will provide you with tooth-colored white fillings made from composite resin. This material is dyed to precisely match the color of surrounding teeth so your filling will blend in with your smile. Composite resin chemically bonds to your teeth to provide a very durable restoration.
Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials but porcelain has become increasingly popular for this type of restoration. Crowns are used for severe cavities to completely cover your tooth above the gumline. Sometimes referred to as “caps,” crowns restore a tooth in strength and shape. We start with precise impressions of your teeth which are send to a dental fabrication lab. In about two visits, your tooth (which was a shadow of its former self) is back in business.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are less common than fillings and crowns. Like dental crowns, these restorations require two appointments to allow time for manufacturing by a ceramist. An inlay is bonded in between the cusps of a damaged tooth. An onlay is placed over a tooth’s cusp and may extend down the side. Inlays and onlays are fabricated from composite resin or high quality porcelain to provide you with an inconspicuous restorations.