Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Dental decay occurs when damage is done to the hard surface of your tooth and develops a hole. Bacteria get into the hole and a cavity is formed. A filling is when the dentist removes the portion of the tooth that has been decayed and fills that space with either a metal amalgam or a composite (tooth colored) filling that seals up the hole and prevents any further bacteria from entering it. It is crucial that fillings be placed where decay is present to get rid of the cavity and restore the damaged tooth. This will prevent any further decay of the tooth. The most common types of fillings are Composite fillings (tooth colored), and Porcelain fillings (inlays or onlays). Composite fillings and onlays are the two most popular ways to add fillings to the teeth in a way that prevents further decay and restores the tooth.

What are Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings?

A composite tooth filling is a tooth colored resin that is used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with the composite filling, which is formulated to look like your natural tooth. Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, allowing the filling to blend more naturally giving you a more even smile.

Composite fillings are very durable and will last many years with proper dental hygiene and care. Composite fillings are the most widely used fillings today.

What is a Porcelain Filling?

Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are specially produced in a lab based off the patients molds that have been created. After they have been created, they are then bonded to the tooth.  They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth.

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What to expect with the procedure

Filling procedures are incredibly common and take very little time in the office. First, you will receive local anesthetic to make the area numb. Decay that is found on, and within the tooth is removed using a slow speed drill. Next, the area of decay will be cleaned and the composite material will be added. The filling is then cured with a specialty light allowing it to blend seamlessly into the tooth.

Composite (tooth-colored) fillings are ideal for people who want to get rid of decay found in their mouth but who want a seamless and virtually invisible option that is going to last for years. These fillings are great for all teeth, both in the front and back of the mouth and are done in a way that is comfortable and convenient for you. This may also be the right time for you to replace any old metal fillings that you currently have.

Onlay procedures are slightly different, as they require impressions that will be sent out to a lab to be specially created to fit the patient’s tooth. You will go home the same day with a temporary onlay that will then need to be replaced with the permanent once it comes into the office. The dentist will recommend which option is best for your unique situation.

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