Dental fillings restore the integrity of a tooth that has decayed. The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and replaced with a filling material. At Berbos Dentistry, the type of filling material used for tooth filling depends on a few factors. For example, a filling that will be placed in a large, visible tooth will likely need to be tooth-colored or composite resin. These types of fillings closely match the color of natural teeth.
When Should I Have a Dental Filling?
If you have a cavity, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. This will help prevent further damage from developing, such as an infection. The sooner a filling is placed, the less damage there will be to the tooth.
How is a dental filling placed?
A dental filling can be held in place with dental cement. A dental drill will be used to clean the tooth and remove any decay. A tooth-colored dental filling will then be placed and shaped for the perfect fit. Once in place, the filling will be hardened with a dental light.
Types of Dental fillings
This type of dental filling is made of a mixture of metals including silver, tin, mercury, zinc, and copper. Amalgam fillings don’t typically last as long as composite fillings, but they are less expensive and are great to use in large cavities.
Composite Resin Fillings
This type of filling is made of a mixture of plastic and glass. Composite resin fillings can last between 10 and 20 years. Your dentist in Fullerton CA may recommend this type of filling for smaller cavities.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
This type of dental filling is made of glass and a silicate material. Glass ionomer fillings are tooth-colored and are great to use for filling cavities on baby teeth or teeth with root fillings.
This type of dental filling is made of gold. Gold fillings are tooth-colored and are excellent for filling cavities on back teeth.
This type of dental filling is made of porcelain. Porcelain fillings can look like natural teeth, which makes them great to use for fillings on front teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Fillings
Fillings restore your teeth’s form and function. The materials we use to restore your teeth are durable, stain-resistant, and look natural. Additionally, they are mercury-free.
Fillings can also protect the tooth from further decay. When a tooth has a cavity, it can allow bacteria to infect your tooth and your jawbone. This can lead to further tooth loss and decay. Dental fillings can prevent infection and further tooth loss.
To discover more about the benefits of dental fillings, contact Berbos Dentistry at 1321 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 306, Fullerton 92835, or call (714) 526-4867.