A filling is the most common solution to a cavity. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the gap is filled with either a white composite filling or a metal amalgam. Fillings are used for small cavities and can be placed on any tooth. Having a filling placed can be done in a single visit to your dentist.
A dental inlay may be suggested if the cavity is too large for a normal filling to be effective. As the name suggests, an inlay is placed inside the tooth to fill the cavity. Inlays are fabricated as a single piece to fit neatly into the cavity once it’s been cleaned out by the dentist. As they need to be custom made to each patients’ tooth, it may take an additional visit to place the inlay and cement it in place. Inlays can be made of gold but most patients prefer porcelain for its inconspicuous look and hard-wearing qualities