Dental fillings are one of the oldest and most common restorative treatments offered by dentists. Used to repair teeth affected by decay, fillings seal the weakened areas of a tooth where bacteria can enter.
Before applying a dental filling, we first remove any decay we find on the affected tooth. We then thoroughly clean the area to eliminate debris and bacteria. Finally, we will apply a dental material to the area to fully restore the tooth.
The type of dental material we use for your dental filling depends on your oral health and personal preference. Dental materials we offer for fillings include:
Amalgam – Also known as “silver fillings,” traditional amalgam fillings are the oldest form of dental material. They are very strong and can withstand the force of biting down on food. Although silver fillings have become controversial due to the presence of mercury, they are quite safe and are inexpensive compared to other dental materials.
Cast Gold – This dental material is a combination of gold alloys and other metals. Besides their flashy appearance, gold fillings appeal to patients because they are highly biocompatible with natural teeth.
Ceramics – Ceramic is among one of the most common types of dental material used to restore a tooth. It can match the shade of your natural teeth and is more resistant to stains and scratches compared to composite resins.
Glass Ionomer – Glass ionomer is made with a blend of acrylic and glass powder. The material is much stronger than traditional amalgam and can prevent future decay with its fluoride content.
Composite Resin – Composite resin is a highly preferred dental material because it blends in well with your natural teeth in both shade and shape. The material easily conforms, so it can be molded to fit your bite perfectly.
Dental fillings are easy to apply and cause little to no discomfort during the process. In just one visit, you can restore a decayed tooth back to optimal health. For restorative dental fillings, book an appointment with our office today.