The cavity is the second most common dental complaint in the world, narrowly beat by gum disease. A dental cavity is a hole in the enamel of the teeth caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance left behind on the teeth by food and drink. Over time, the plaque eats through enamel, leaving behind weak spots and holes. These holes are known as cavities, and they need to be repaired fast to prevent further decay, an internal tooth infection, or other issues.
Most dentists repair cavities with fillings, but Amador Dentistry in Pompano Beach takes a more advanced approach. Using our close relationship with a local dental lab, we create custom inlays and onlays to repair cavities in a safer, more effective way.
Inlays and onlays have been around for decades. They are more intricate versions of the standard dental filling and are customized for a tooth that has a cavity or similar damage. Unlike the traditional filling, inlays and onlays replace not only an interior portion of a damaged tooth but also part of the upper enamel and cusp. This makes it easier for patients to return to regular habits and activities like chewing and eating.
Inlays and onlays can be made from a broad range of durable materials. Some match the shade of the teeth, while others are more brightly colored and stand out. The most popular options include silver (amalgam), gold, porcelain, and composite resin.
Because inlays and onlays are custom-made for a tooth, it can take two weeks for each one to be created in our dental lab. During your initial visit to our office, our dentist will clean your affected tooth and make a mold of the cavity. This mold is shipped to the lab and used to make your inlay or onlay. You then receive a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your next appointment, when the inlay or onlay is inserted.
If you are interested in this type of treatment, contact Amador Dentistry in Pompano Beach today. We can treat recently damaged teeth as well as ones that already have fillings.