A dental filling replaces part of a tooth lost due to decay or fracture. At Mega Dental, we clean out the decayed portion and fill the resulting space with a composite resin that matches the color of the natural tooth enamel. This material can also be used for cosmetic purposes to change a tooth's size, shape, and color. This type of restoration can be simple or may require some tooth surface preparation to ensure good dental filling retention.
Types of Dental Fillings
- Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings and silver fillings have been used for many years. They are a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam fillings are durable, long-lasting, and less expensive than other options. However, their dark color makes them more noticeable, and some individuals have concerns about the mercury content, although they are considered safe by reputable dental associations.
- Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored resin material that can be matched to the tooth's natural color. They provide a more aesthetically pleasing result and are an excellent choice for filling small to medium-sized cavities in visible areas.
Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, which can help strengthen the tooth and require less removal of healthy tooth structure. They are versatile but may not be as durable as amalgam fillings and require replacement over time.
- Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer fillings are a mixture of acrylic and glass powders. They release fluoride, which can help prevent further decay in the tooth. Glass ionomer fillings are often used for small cavities in areas with low biting forces, such as baby teeth or non-load-bearing surfaces. They have a tooth-colored appearance but are less durable than composite or ceramic fillings.
- Gold Fillings
Gold fillings, made from a gold alloy, are highly durable and long-lasting. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory and require multiple visits to complete. Gold fillings are well-tolerated by gum tissues and can withstand heavy biting forces. However, they are more expensive than other options and have a distinct gold color that may not be preferred for visible areas.
The Benefits of Dental Fillings
This dental procedure has many benefits, making it an excellent option for many patients. Here are just a few of the benefits associated with dental fillings:
First, the filling will reverse the damage to the tooth and prevent further complications. The decayed area will be filled, and the tooth will no longer feel sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold foods and drinks.
Secondly, the restoration is a quick treatment that only requires one visit to the dentist’s office. With proper oral hygiene at home, the area can remain healthy for years to come.
A dental filling is a restorative treatment used to repair minor damage and decay in a tooth. For more information about dental fillings, visit Mega Dental at 10510 FM 1464 Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77407, or call (832) 930-7723.