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What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are an important dental procedure for treating cavities in the teeth. Fillings are sometimes also a useful means of treating cracked, broken, or worn-away teeth. It’s one of the most common dental procedures we perform here at Sparr Heights Smiles.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are a few different types of materials that dentists often use for tooth fillings.
Porcelain tooth fillings (i.e. ceramic fillings) are a highly durable option that can match the color of the teeth. They’re nearly indistinguishable once placed in the mouth, but they can be costly. They’re most suitable for larger cavities.
Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
Composite (resin) fillings are another fantastic option for those who don’t want visible fillings. They’re not quite as durable as porcelain, but they’re a more affordable choice that often works better with smaller cavities near the front of the mouth.
Silver amalgam fillings are extremely durable, and filling procedures with them tend to be quite speedy. Unfortunately, their silver color means that they are quite detectable. They’re a better choice for filling back teeth where there is more pressure on the filling as well as less visibility.
Glass ionomer fillings are made from a blend of glass and acrylic, so they are also quite similar to the natural tooth color. The material releases fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay. Glass ionomer fillings are flexible but not very durable, so they’re best for children whose teeth are still growing.
Gold fillings are actually made of an alloy of gold, copper, and a few other metals. These fillings can be costly, but they are extremely durable and long-lasting. Their gold color stands out, and many people still enjoy their unique aesthetic.
Dental Fillings at Sparr Heights Smiles
During a filling, the dentist first numbs the area that will be treated, so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort. Then, the area is thoroughly cleaned, and any decayed tooth material is removed with a drill. Finally, the cavity is sealed with filling material, in order to support the structure of the tooth and to prevent any further damage or decay.