A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling helps prevent further decay.
Which Type of Filling is Best?
No one type of filling is best for everyone. What's right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Considerations for different materials include:
Composite resins (tooth-colored fillings) are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings generally from three to 10 years.
Metal-free fillings have become popular because of their ability to restore a tooth while blending naturally with the rest of your smile. Your dentist will decide whether metal-free or composite fillings should be used on you based on aesthetics and the location of the cavity. Because metal-free fillings can be color-matched, they’re typically better suited for front teeth or other highly visible teeth. Composed of tooth-colored composite resin material, they can be used to repair other areas of your smile, including chipped, broken or cracked teeth. Metal and metal-free dental fillings allow your dentist to offer solutions based on your personal oral health.
Replacing silver amalgam fillings
If you plan on having your mercury amalgam (silver) fillings removed and are looking for a mercury safe dentist, it is recommended you contact our office. If you were replacing your fillings in stages, it is better to replace the bigger ones first as these cause more problems. If you think of your jaw like a nut cracker, you have the hinge at the back, the forces on those molar teeth are eight times the force on the incisor teeth, so those molars are always under more load. The fillings in those teeth also tend to be bigger and better at hiding decay or causing tooth cracks. The amalgam removal procedure done in a mercury safe environment is vastly different from what you may have experienced at a pro-amalgam dental office. Kaizen Family Dental is qualified and experienced in providing this service.
Our dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled and which type of filling would be best for you. Visit our office.