Dental Fillings and Restorations

dentist during dental exam and cleaningOne of the most common dental procedures is dental fillings. Fillings are used to help restore cavities. A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay, and without treatment, it can grow bigger and bigger over time. To prevent your cavity from getting bigger and causing damage to your teeth, we offer tooth-colored fillings.

What is a tooth colored filling?

In the olden days of dentistry, dental fillings were made out of materials like silver and mercury. While these restorations worked to treat cavities, they were prone to weakening, breaking down, and splitting over time. These fillings were also also very distracting and noticeable. A tooth colored filling is a dental filling made out of composite resin.

What makes tooth-colored fillings better?

For one, as their name suggests, they are tooth colored. This means that they will blend in with your existing teeth instead of distracting from your smile. They offer a tighter fit, as the resin is bonded directly to your tooth. They are also strong, and stay in tact better than other filling materials. Overall, tooth-colored fillings are better for the health of your teeth and gums as well as for the cosmetic look of your smile.

How do I know if I need a filling?

Cavities can be hard to detect, but can severely damage your tooth if not treated. The only way to know if you have a cavity and need a filling is to consult a dental professional. If you have severe or persistent tooth pain, pain associated with chewing, or increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink, you may have a cavity.

Can I get my silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations?

Yes! We can remove your silver fillings and replace with resin fillings. If you have a filling that you want replaced, make an appointment to come see us or ask about it at your next cleaning.

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