an inlay or an onlay. An inlay is fitted to the size of the cavity and secured in place. An onlay, on the other hand, covers part of the tooth.
In situations where the hole is still too large, the next option will be a crown. A crown acts like a cap that goes over the tooth and comes in a few different materials and styles.
Right after getting a cavity filling, make sure to follow any instructions given to you. You may have to wait before eating, drinking or brushing. The tooth may also be sensitive to hot or cold foods. They can even damage the filling if consumed during the first couple of hours.
To help your filling last a long time, you’ll want to take good care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss every day. It also helps to avoid sugary, chewy, acidic and hard foods as much as you can. But the reality is that most fillings don’t last forever. You’ll probably have to get a new cavity filling at some point in the future.