Even with the best oral care, some people will develop tooth decay. Catching and treating cavities early on with dental fillings will prevent more involved and costly procedure in the future. At BMC Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing you and your family members with quality, personalized care. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy smile for years to come!
What Are Dental Fillings and Why Are They Used?
Dental fillings are restorations we use to replace a part of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or worn away by trauma. Fillings repair cavities and restore teeth to their full form and function. Once a tooth becomes decayed, prompt treatment will avoid any further damage. Dental fillings are also used to repair broken, cracked, or worn teeth.
Types of Filling Materials
There are many types of materials we use for fillings. The most common ones are a silver amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. The dental fillings we will use to repair a tooth will depend on the location of the tooth we are treating, and the extent of the damage present.
Silver amalgam fillings have been around for decades. They are incredibly durable, lasting 15 years or more. Their main disadvantage is their silver color, which may become darker over time.
Composite resin fillings can be color-matched to surrounding teeth, making them popular for front teeth. They work best to repair small to midsize cavities that are exposed to a moderate amount of chewing pressure. These fillings will likely need replacement in approximately ten years.
Porcelain fillings look and feel incredibly natural, offering a cosmetic solution to repair teeth. They resist staining and can last a lifetime with proper care. Their only drawback is how costly they are in comparison with the other types of fillings available.
What Is the Process?
The process of having a dental filling applied is now virtually painless. We will start by administering local anesthetics, then will remove any damaged tooth material. Next, we will clean the area carefully, and place your filling to restore the look, form, and function of your tooth. Some types of materials will require a UV light to cure and harden them.
Caring for Your Dental Fillings
You will need to care for your fillings just as you would care for your natural, healthy teeth. Make sure to brush and floss daily to prevent bacteria from accumulating on or around the restoration. Make sure to keep up with your regular checkups and cleanings so that we can keep your mouth clean and can detect any damage or wear to your restorations.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Contact us at BMC Family Dentistry to learn more about our restorative treatments including dental fillings. Dr. Nisbeth comes with excellent experience and expertise in restoring damaged or decayed teeth. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy smile for a lifetime!