What Is A Filling?
Are There Different Filling Types?
- Composite Resin – A mix of fine glass and plastic. Great for small & large fillings and inlays & Onlays.
- Amalgams – Mix of silver, tin, copper, & mercury. Durable & less costly.
- Cast Gold – Made of a gold alloy. Very durable and doesn’t corrode.
- Ceramics – Made from porcelain. Commonly used in veneers, inlays, Onlays, & implants. Tooth-colored & resistant to staining & abrasions.
A Note on Amalgams
What Benefits Do Fillings Bring?
- Fill in and remedy cavities
- Repairs broke and cracked teeth
- Practical durability of upwards to 15 years
- Can match and enhance your natural tooth Aesthetics
- Some modern-day fillings can release fluoride
- Helps strengthen a weak tooth
- Will help prevent tooth infections
- Better tooth function
Why Do People Get Cavities?
Are Fillings A Permanent Fix?
Can Anyone Get A Filling?
Not everyone will be a candidate to receive fillings. For starters, one must have enough healthy tooth structure still intact. If a patient doesn’t have enough tooth structure, a dental crown would be a better solution. Crowns will surround the entire problem tooth providing the needed protection and restoration.
What're The Steps To Getting A Filling?
- Local Anesthetic is administered to the treatment area
- Appropriate tools are used to remove the damaged parts of your tooth
- A shade of composite material is selected that will match the natural color of your teeth
- Shaping & fitting of the composite material to fill in the damaged tooth structure
- After the fitting, a special light will shine on the composite material to harden the filling
- Finally, the filling is trimmed and polished so that it looks and feels like your natural teeth