For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.
What is a filling?
A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure and talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and your teeth.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Decayed teeth require fillings to restore strength and health of natural teeth. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure. Filling materials is shaped to match the look and feel of natural teeth. Traditionally, silver or amalgam material has been the filling of choice. Today, many modern materials can be used to mimic the color and texture of natural teeth.
Dr. Le will let you know if you are a candidate for Fillings because it is only recommended for select cases only, because it may not the best option for everyone, and some patients require more specialized dental care.
Want to learn more about dental fillings? Call Ahwatukee Dentistry today at 408-508-8200.