Benefit from direct composite fillings vs indirect porcelain restorations when cavities are found

Cavities are areas of decay that effect the teeth. They are formed by food debris that combines with acids, sugars, starches, and bacteria to erode the teeth. When this happens, the most typical treatment option is dental fillings, specially if the caivty is not involving the supporting walls of the tooth.

At Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer direct cosmetic resin bonding, and indirect restorations such as such as porcelain dental inlays, overlays or onlays to replace the areas of decay and restore the tooth. The indirect porcelain restorations are much more durable to withstand the forces of chewing and biting, and don’t typically fracture when replacing a large anatomical portion of the tooth. They require scanning of the tooth and fabrication of the restoration outside of the mouth, and then bonding it to the tooth via a bonding cement. At  Arsmiles we use CAD/CAM technology, and can mill and fabricate the indirect restoration in-house during the same dental visit.

How do I know if I have a cavity?

Sometimes, patients might have a cavity and not even realize it. Other times, they may experience mild to severe symptoms, which include:

  • Mild to sharp pain when enjoying hot or cold beverages or foods
  • Tooth pain without a cause
  • Sensitivity when enjoying sweets high in sugar
  • Spontaneous pain and discomfort
  • Visible pits or holes in the teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Discoloration of the teeth in brown or black

At Arsmiles we perform a thorough clinical and radiographic exam to diagnose all dental problems including caries lesions or cavities. The most significant diagnostic tool to verify cavities that are hidden and are not detectable are quality digital x-rays. When a cavity is found, Dr. Sima Chegini will recommend treatment as soon as possible to keep the cavity from enlarging and becoming a much bigger problem. When patients leave cavities untreated, they can burrow deep into the dentin and reach the inner dental pulp. That can leave the tooth susceptible to infection that requires more invasive treatments to address, such as root canal therapy. Our approach at Arsmiles is to prevent any complicated dental procedures, and treat the problem conservatively.

What restoration is right for me?

We offer a few different choices for repairing the tooth, including composite resin fillings, indirect dental restorations such as porcelain dental inlays, and onlays. During an evaluation, our team can recommend the type of restoration most appropriate for a patient’s situation.

Are you in need of a dental cavity filling?

Permanent tooth fillings are a great way to address areas of decay in the mouth. With a proper diagnosis and a discussion about fillings, many patients will have these restorations placed to stop the decay and maintain a healthy smile. Call or text our team at (330) 593-2500 to request an appointment at 2640 West Market Street, Ste. #302, Fairlawn, Ohio.