14 Cernon Street Vacaville, CA 95688
Tooth decay is one of the most common health conditions to affect children and adults alike. More than 90 percent of all adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth, while 42% of all children have had cavities in their primary teeth.
In addition to causing pain, cavities place the mouth at serious risk of accelerated decay and disease. This is why the team at Vacaville Dental Professionals offers dental fillings to help patients protect the integrity of their smiles.
What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to treat teeth with cavities, also known as dental caries. After your dentist in Vacaville identifies a cavity in your tooth, he removes the decayed material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the open area. This is how a filling is created.
There are many different types of fillings used to repair cavities, but not all materials are equal. Drs. Vagan Tapaltsyan, Jason O’Brien, and Chris Rodriguez rarely use amalgam fillings containing mercury due to the health concerns of mercury in the body.
Instead, we offer the following dental filling options:
- Porcelain inlays and onlays that are bonded to the tooth
- Composite resins that match the exact color of your other teeth
- Gold fillings that last for decades
The dentists at Vacaville Dental Professionals are committed to your ongoing health and wellbeing. While the levels of mercury found in amalgam fillings have been deemed safe by the American Dental Association, we rarely use them to repair cavities. You can trust us to only use the safest and highest quality materials capable of protecting your tooth in the future.
Should You Use Inlays or Onlays?
Mild decay or cracking of rear teeth can be resolved using inlays and onlays instead of traditional fillings. Inlays and onlays are dental restoration options for teeth that don’t need full crowns but still need to be fixed. It is for this reason that inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings.
Traditional dental fillings are molded into the damaged tooth and created in office. Inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab and then bonded to the damaged tooth. An inlay is bonded within the center of the tooth, while an onlay extends over the cusps of the damaged tooth.
Only the trained eye of your dentist can assess your damaged or decayed tooth to determine if you need a traditional filling, inlay, or onlay. We are here to restore full health and comfort to your mouth as quickly and efficiently as possible.