A filling replaces only part of a tooth due to decay or to replace part of a broken tooth. Some fillings take one appointment and some take two. The difference is whether the filling is made in your mouth, which takes one appointment, or out of your mouth, which typically take two appointments.
Fillings Gallery Case 1
These are two old silver fillings that have served the patient well for many years. However, they are starting to show their age and they need to be replaced.
The left tooth was restored with a porcelain onlay, which covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth. The right tooth was restored with a porcelain inlay, which covers only part of the chewing surface with the rest of the tooth remaining in enamel.
Fillings Gallery Case 2 Porcelain Inlay
This is a back molar with two separate silver fillings that are very old and the fillings need to be replaced.
The tooth was restored with a porcelain inlay, which leaves the cusps of the teeth in enamel.
Fillings Gallery Case 3 Porcelain Inlay
This is another silver filling that is showing its age and needed to be replaced.
The tooth was restored with a porcelain onlay since the cusps, which are the tips of the teeth, were too weak to be restored without being covered.
Fillings Gallery Case 4 Porcelain Inlay
This is a silver filling that had decay near the gumline and it needed to be replaced.
The filling was removed and replaced with a porcelain inlay since the majority of the tooth was healthy and did not need to be restored.
Fillings Gallery Case 5 Porcelain Onlay
This is a lower molar with a fractured silver filling on the chewing surface and a separate silver filling on the outside portion of the tooth.
The extent of the decay required that the entire chewing surface be replaced so the tooth was restored with a porcelain onlay.
Fillings Gallery Case 6 - A Porcelain Inlay and Onlay
These two teeth had old silver fillings that needed to be replaced.
The smaller tooth was restored with a porcelain inlay and the larger tooth was restored with a porcelain onlay.
Fillings Gallery Case 7 Porcelain Inlay
This tooth has a large silver filling that had done its job for many years and it was time for it to be replaced.
The tooth was restored with a porcelain inlay, which restored the natural beauty of the tooth.
Fillings Gallery Case 8 Composite Inlay
The silver filling on the left had decay underneath it that was detected with an x-ray during a routine check-up.
The silver filling was removed and it was replaced with a tooth colored composite filling that took a single appointment.
Fillings Gallery Case 9 Composite Inlay
The tooth in the middle of the image had a silver filling that needed to be replaced due to new decay that had developed at the gumline.
The tooth was restored with a composite filling, which was completed in one appointment.
Fillings Gallery Case 10 Composite Bonding
Both of these teeth had been brushed too hard with a hard toothbrush, which caused the gum to recede and the root surface to be scrubbed away.
Both teeth were restored with composite bonding, which replaced the missing root structure and provided protection to the remaining root surface.