Dental fillings are a treatment option that restores your missing teeth resulting from tooth decay or trauma. Tooth decay makes them hollow, and fillings help to fill the gap, thus protecting your teeth from further infection or decay. We may also use dental fillings to restore your cracked or broken teeth worn off due to the habits like nail-biting, teeth grinding, and others.
When Do I Need a Dental Filling?
- Holes in your teeth because of decay or cavities
- Food sticking between various areas of your teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
What Does the Procedure Include?
We will check the severity of infection or decay in your teeth and then decide the amount of filling to be done to restore them. We may take your X-rays to obtain precise information. If the decay is severe, we will use local anesthesia and make the site of the procedure numb so that you do not feel pain or discomfort during the treatment.
We will remove the decay using a handpiece or laser. After this, we will apply the filling on the decayed area and then fill the cavity. The finished teeth will be polished to match the remaining teeth.
What are the Types of Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are made in several materials such as amalgam, gold, dental-grade ceramic, composite resin, and others. The choice of the filling is subjective.
They are the most durable option of dental fillings that have the least interaction with your gum tissues. However, they do not match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Amalgam refers to an alloy of various metals like tin, copper, silver, and mercury. Like gold fillings, amalgam fillings, too, are a durable option to consider. They are inexpensive and resistant to wear and tear. These fillings last for a maximum of 15-20 years. But the mercury content in these fillings is often considered unsafe. Moreover, you may not want to opt for this option as they have aesthetic issues.
These dental fillings are made using dental-grade composite resin. The best advantage of composite fillings is that they match the exact appearance of your natural teeth. The whole procedure completes in a single visit only. They are affordable and aesthetic. All you need to do is to maintain them properly.
Porcelain fillings are stain-resistant and match your original tooth color perfectly. They are slightly more expensive than composite fillings, and the procedure may require more than one visit.
Homeland Dental, located in Greensboro, NC, is equipped with modern technologies and the latest amenities that enable the best dental care for patients. Dial (336) 272-0132 and book an appointment with Dentist in Greensboro NC to know more about dental services.