Restoring a tooth after it has suffered from a cavity isn’t as straight forward as it once was. While the procedure itself is not complicated, patients do now have an option regarding how the tooth is filled. Direct fillings mean that all the work is done in the mouth, and have been considered the only option for some time now. However, indirect fillings, otherwise known as inlays and onlays, are quickly becoming a more popular option.
Indirect fillings are made very differently than direct fillings. They begin with your SFV dentist taking pictures of your affected tooth, which are sent to a computer. The computer takes these pictures and turns them into a 3D image. This image is then sent to a machine that will mill your restoration perfectly from the material chosen. Your dentist may have a milling machine in their office, or may need to send the information to a lab. An inlay is used for an area on the inside of the tooth, while onlays are for the outside, or the cusp, of a tooth.
Indirect fillings are preferred by dentists and patients alike. They are proven to be more accurate, meaning it will be less likely to have to return for another appointment if your filling is affecting your bite or bothering you in any way.