Metro Dental of Pacific Heights, San Francisco

Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, is a breakdown of teeth due to activities of bacter
a. This bacteria produces acid and destroys the tooth enamel and the layer under it-the dentin. Early caries may not have any symptoms.  However if it is not diagnosed in early stage might lead to further destruction of the tooth and lead to sensitivity to sweet, hot and cold food and drinks. Cavities are diagnosed by X-rays of your teeth and clinical examination.

Composite filling is a white (tooth colored) resin material that bonds to tooth structure, that is used now in place of amalgam ‘silver’ fillings to provide a strong and cosmetically pleasing tooth restoration. Composite filling provide good durability and resistant to fracture in small-to mid sized fillings.

Dental Inlays and Onlays are hard, custom made restorations, that are usually used to  repair back teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay. A porcelain inlay/onlay is shaped to perfectly fit the inside of the prepared tooth. The production of an inlay/onlay requires two dental appointments.  On the first appointment the tooth is prepared and an impression is taken.  The impression or mold of your teeth is taken in order to communicate the information to the dental technician who will fabricate the porcelain inlay/onlay that will fit your tooth. On the second dental appointment the inlay/onlay will be installed cemented.  It will match your tooth color and shape.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (415) 567-2900