If you have a cavity, or if one of your teeth is damaged, you don’t have to live with the pain or embarrassment that often accompanies this. At Fonthill Marketplace Dental, our dentists are experienced in dealing with dental fillings and are happy to repair your teeth and restore your smile.
Fillings are a way to restore a decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. If part of your tooth is missing, be it from a cavity or being worn down from nail-biting, fillings replace the missing tooth material.
What Are the Different Types of Filling Materials?
There are metal fillings, like gold, or silver amalgams, along with newer options, like composites and porcelain fillings. Metals are highly resistant to wear and tear, but are visibly noticeable. Gold fillings are typically more costly than amalgams.
Porcelain fillings are custom made, then bonded to your tooth. They resist staining and, unlike metals, they can be made to match the color of your other teeth, helping them blend in with your beautiful smile. Plastic composite fillings are also designed to match the color of your other teeth. However, they likely won’t be used for large fillings, as they are less durable than the other options, and are also susceptible to staining.
What Are the Steps Within the Filling Process?
First, your dentist will take x-rays to determine the location and severity of your cavities or tooth damage. Then they will talk to you about what material you want to use.
Once the procedure begins, you will be administered local anesthesia. Then your dentist will use a drill, laser, or air abrasion tool to remove all of the decay and cleaning the area to eradicate any lingering bacteria. Afterward, levels of filling material are applied and cured until the material levels out with your existing tooth shape. Lastly, the dentist will ensure the material is properly shaped, then trim off excess material so the filling feels natural and smooth in your mouth.
You could have a cavity and not even know it, and if you don’t see a dentist, further damage could occur. Call Fonthill Marketplace Dental to schedule an appointment for a routine dental examination. During the routine dental examination, our dentist will be able to determine whether or not you have any cavities that need to be treated with dental fillings, or if any existing dental feelings may need to be replaced or repaired.