If you have cavities, one of the best remedies would be dental fillings. Visit us at Atlantic Dentistry for quality dental procedures. Our specialists are experienced and fully equipped to restore the normal functioning of your teeth. Tooth decay is usually the result of oral bacterial colonies. It is characterized by damaged tooth structure and it expands with time. Seeking treatment before the cavities spread out enables you to preserve your oral health.
Our dental professionals restore your damaged tooth to normal shape and functioning by removing the damaged parts, cleaning up, and filling out the cavity. There’s no pain to most of our patients when performing dental fillings. The procedure shuts off the spaces where bacteria could enter, thus stopping further tooth decay.
Different materials can be used to perform dental fillings, and the best type of filling is dictated by the extent of repair, allergic reactions, affected region, and cost.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are two major kinds of material used for dental fillings: metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings. Metal fillings consist of amalgam fillings and gold fillings, whereas tooth-colored fillings consist of ionomer fillings, porcelain fillings, and composite fillings.
They are exceptional for resisting wear and tear, but their dark hue makes them a little conspicuous, thus they are not ideal for front teeth. Amalgam fillings are inexpensive and they used to be very popular before composite fillings. Amalgam fillings have a mechanical hold, which requires further harvesting of the tooth, and it can damage the tooth structure in the long term. As the name suggests, they are a combination of different metals including silver and copper.
Gold fillings may command a higher price, but they are one of the best fillings, because they get along with gum tissues, and are long-lasting. The gold inlays are simultaneously malleable and strong. When you come to our dental specialists for a gold filling, the first visit is for making a cast of your tooth. The cast is sent to the laboratory to create the gold fillings, and then you come a second time to have your cavity filled out.
Composite fillings are also referred to as plastic or white fillings. Thanks to their white color, they can be used on almost any part of your mouth, as they give off a more natural look. Composite fillings are applied to the cavity in layers and can be completed in one visit.
Also referred to as ceramic fillings, they can be applied to most parts of the mouth, because they are strong and blend in with the color of the teeth.
What Happens During Dental Fillings?
The processes vary depending on the type of dental fillings that you choose. Amalgam fillings and composite fillings are typically performed in a single visit, whereas gold fillings will have you come back. Regardless of your choice of dental fillings, our dental specialist first examines the extent of your cavities, removes the damaged parts, and cleans up the affected area. A direct filling is performed on the same day, but an indirect filling would require that you come back. The amount of time that your dental filling will keep it together depends on the material used, the location in your mouth, and your oral habits. Gold and amalgam fillings typically last from 15 to 20 years, whereas composite fillings last for about 10 years. Dental fillings are an effective cure for cavities.
Come to our office at Atlantic Dentistry for the best dental fillings. We also offer a wide variety of dental services, including dentistry for kids, crowns, and more! You can contact us at 904 717-0335 to schedule your next appointment.