Your Guide to Dental Fillings

Your Guide to Dental Fillings

Posted by 5th Ave Smile on Aug 26 2022, 03:51 AM

Dental fillings are restorations used to treat cavities, which are permanently damaged areas that form when a tooth decays. Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth that consume sugar, which then produces acid that eats away at the tooth’s enamel. This weakens the outer layer of the tooth, which over time, can form a cavity.

Fillings create protective barriers around the remaining tooth structure, preventing further damage and decay. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or chipped teeth.

There are different types of fillings available. Your dentist will help you determine which type of filling best meets your needs.

Benefits of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings do more than just fill cavities. Dental fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth, and restore teeth after root canal treatments.

The major benefits of dental fillings include the following:

  1. Fixes tooth decay and cavities
  2. Restores the tooth health
  3. Prevent minor tooth decay from becoming severe infections 
  4. Eases tooth pain from decay 
  5. Durable 
  6. Natural-looking results if tooth-colored fillings are used

Types of Dental Fillings

There are several types of dental fillings available to patients.

  • Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are composed of a mixture of different metals, including mercury. These fillings have been used for many years and are very strong and durable. The silver color of these fillings can be stained by coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke.

  • Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings made up of powdered glass and acrylic resin that blend in with the natural appearance of your teeth. These fillings can be used to restore decayed teeth or chipped teeth. Composite fillings are less durable than amalgam fillings.

  • Gold fillings

These fillings are made up of gold and other metals and may be a good option for fillings in back teeth. Gold fillings last longer than other types of fillings.

What Should One Expect During The Cavity Treatment?

A dental filling is a tooth-colored resin material that is used to restore a decayed tooth. Fillings can also be used to repair damaged teeth due to injury and can be used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of teeth.

At your dental appointment, we will:

  1. Examine your teeth and gums.
  2. Take x-rays of your teeth.
  3. Clean and polish your teeth.
  4. Fill your cavity.
  5. Talk with you about your oral health.
  6. Discuss any dental problems or concerns you may have.
  7. Give you instructions for at-home care.

At 5th Ave Smile, our experienced team provides the best dental care for patients in Aurora, CO. To schedule an appointment, call (303) 360-7462, or visit our office at 2044 Clinton St. Suite B, Aurora, CO 80010.

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