Tooth-colored composite fillings can be used to repair small to moderate cavities or fractured areas on teeth. If cavities are detected early enough, they can often be restored painlessly, without the need for anesthesia.
Teeth with moderately large areas of decay or fracture can be repaired with porcelain inlays and onlays, which are made at a dental lab, and then bonded to a tooth to restore its strength and appearance.
These are used for teeth that have large areas of fracture and decay, when greater strength is required. Like inlays and onlays, they are made at a dental lab from an impression of the tooth.