The treatment consists first of all in caring for the tooth by treating the decay which is eliminated by means of a bur. So that the patient can feel completely comfortable, this treatment is done under local anaesthesia.
The volume of the cavity is then filled with a specific filling material.
We distinguish between “plastic” conservative treatments using composite resins, and “prosthetic” treatments using inlays.
Today, most caries cavities are treated with composites. Of various colours, these are very aesthetic and resistant, they can last a good ten years, if the decay has been well treated and the hygiene of the patient is satisfactory.
Inlays are often made of ceramic. We manufacture them on-site, in our practice, using 3D CAD-CAM technology.
The choice between the two types of treatment depends on the loss of dental substance, and therefore on the size of the decay, but also on the cost. The cost of a dental inlay is higher than the cost of a composite, but its durability and strength are more important.