Fillings are widely used for restoring a damaged tooth and bringing back its’ natural look and function. When the damage is caused by decay, your dentist will begin by removing all the decayed material from your tooth. After cleaning the affected area, the tooth will be filled. Fillings work to prevent further decay by sealing off any area where bacteria could enter and begin to cause more decay. There are various materials used for fillings, each with its own benefits based on the condition of your tooth decay. Your dentist will discuss each of these options, and then provide you with a recommendation of which type of fillings will work best for you.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are two superior options we prefer to use when making fillings for your teeth. The most popular option, white fillings, can be made using one of two different materials: composite or ceramic. Composite material is placed directly in the tooth, shaped, and then cured with a special light. Ceramic material is a much more durable and long-lasting material, and it is cast or milled in a dental laboratory. Your tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, and a temporary restoration is placed. You come back for a second appointment where the final restoration is then fitted into your tooth and bonded into place.
- Gold Fillings
This is our preferred and time-honored standard. It has been used for four thousand years, and it is of such high quality that, in our office, we are willing to back these restorations with a lifetime warranty. There are two basic categories of gold fillings. Gold inlays are smaller and generally restore one or two surfaces of a tooth. Gold onlays are larger, and will cover larger parts of the chewing surface in order to strengthen weakened cusps.
If you would like more information, or think you are a candidate for fillings, give our office a call today! We are happy to answer any questions you may have.