Dental fillings correct the damage caused by tooth decay. A filling restores the structural integrity of a tooth, prevents further decay, and provides a more pleasing appearance.
At Freeman Dental, our dentists will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth and clean the affected area. A filling can be created using a variety of materials, but our dentists most commonly use composite resin. This material is matched to the shade of the patient’s teeth, and bonds to the tooth to create a natural-looking restoration.
When Is a Filling Needed?
A filling is needed when a tooth has been affected by decay and is at risk of further decay or breakage. Fillings help restore a tooth to its original shape and function.
What Are the Benefits of Different Filling Materials?
Advantages of Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings are strong and durable and can be used to restore teeth in the posterior areas of the mouth. While silver fillings are not aesthetically pleasing, they are often the preferred filling material because of their strength. Silver or amalgam fillings can better withstand biting and chewing forces compared to composite fillings.
Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium. This mixture hardens quickly, so the dentist can complete your fillings in a shorter time. Composite fillings have several advantages. They are durable, affordable, and unnoticeable. Composite fillings are less likely to crack or split than other filling materials.
Advantages of Ceramic Fillings
Ceramic fillings are very strong. They are made from a ceramic material that is resistant to breaking, chipping, or cracking. Ceramic fillings are also brighter in color and more natural looking than other types of fillings.
Advantages of Porcelain Fillings
Porcelain fillings provide several advantages. First, they can be customized to match the color of your natural teeth. Second, they are extremely durable. They can withstand chewing and biting forces and can last for many years. Finally, porcelain fillings are stain-resistant and hardly noticeable.
Advantages of Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer fillings are white, which matches the natural color of your teeth. This material bonds very well to your teeth, and the filling is less likely to crack or chip. Glass ionomer fillings are optimal for cavities that are located on your back teeth.
Advantages of Gold Fillings
Since gold doesn’t tarnish, gold fillings do not ever change color. They also don’t require any additional steps beyond preparing the tooth because the gold filling is as strong or stronger than the original tooth.
Get in touch with Freeman Dental for the best dental care. To schedule an appointment, call (270) 444-6080 for our Paducah location.