Fillings often represent the front lines of restorative dentistry. They are simple and effective ways to stop tooth decay in its tracks, protecting the rest of your existing tooth from further damage. You have a number of options when it comes to fillings, and all of them come with various advantages.
What kinds of fillings are there?
Modern dentistry offers a range of different filling materials. Every material is effective and offers benefits:
Porcelain: These types of fillings are some of the most aesthetically pleasing, as they can be designed to match the color of your tooth. This is particularly desirable with the teeth that are visible when you smile.
Silver: Silver fillings are durable and affordable options for fillings. However, because of the darker color, they are readily noticeable. That’s why they are reserved for back molars and other less noticeable teeth.
Gold: Gold fillings are perhaps the gold standard of fillings, as they have been found to last the longest. However, they may be pricier than other options, and require multiple office visits.
Plastic resin: Plastic fillings are also called composite fillings, and can be matched to the color and appearance of the rest of your teeth. However, they do not last as long as other options.
What can I expect when I’m getting a filling at Mad River Family Dental?
Before we fill a cavity caused by tooth decay, we must first remove the decay and clean your tooth. Then, based on our conversation with you prior to the procedure, we will fill the cavity with the material that provides you with the greatest benefits. During the treatment, we will make sure you stay comfortable by using local anesthetic, if necessary, or even numbing gels.
Ready to protect your teeth and address issues with fillings? Let us help you schedule your next appointment!