- What is a filling?
- When do I need a dental filling?
- What are the different types of fillings?
- What limitations do dental fillings have?
Dentists use fillings to fix dental cavities, broken teeth and other dental problems. To get a filling, your dentist must first remove any cavity within the tooth. Next, the filling material is inserted into your tooth and hardened. Getting a filling done is a simple procedure and typically takes just minutes to complete. However, neglecting your cavities and broken teeth can lead to pain and infection. So be sure not to ignore your cavities and get them fixed before they cause problems!
Fillings have lots of different implications in dentistry, for example:
- Dentists use fillings to fix teeth damaged by dental cavities and tooth decay
- We use fillings to repair cracked and fractured teeth
- Cosmetic fillings, like bonding or composite veneers, are used to enhance the appearance of your front teeth
- Fillings have other implications, such as restoring root canal treated teeth, repairing toothbrush abrasions, sealing dental implant abutments and more.
Dental fillings come in two common varieties, white fillings and silver fillings. Here is what you need to know about each one:
- Silver Filling (Amalgam): Silver fillings contain mercury, which is a known toxin. Our office stays away from Amalgam because of its mercury content and poor aesthetic results.
- White Filling (Composite): Tooth colored fillings are made from a plastic compound containing fillers. White fillings are both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, they come in a variety of shades to best match your tooth color to give your teeth a natural looking appearance.
- Gold Filling: In the old days, gold used to be the standard of care for fixing cavities. Nowadays, gold fillings are mostly obsolete due to high cost of gold and better looking alternatives.
Dental fillings are a great option to fix small and medium-sized cavities. However, you might not be able to repair teeth with larger cavities or deep fractures with a filling alone. For these larger dental defects, you typically need a crown or porcelain veneer instead. Your dentist will decide what is the best course of treatment after accessing your teeth and bite.
Do you think you need a filling for one or more of your teeth? If you live in San Clemente and need to see a dentist, call us at (949) 481-2540 or book online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your teeth to see if a filling is a good option for you. Don’t delay treatment, a cavity today can turn into an infection in less time than you would imagine! The sooner you fix your cavity, the easier and more affordable your treatment will be.
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