Tooth cavities are an ongoing problem for many adults and children. If left untreated, cavities can lead to abscesses and, in some cases, complete tooth loss. However, if cavities are treated promptly, the decay can be removed. Then, the tooth can be filled with a material known as a dental filling. At Supreme Dentistry, we offer dental filling services
to meet the needs of our patients.
Dental fillings are materials used to replace the space where cavities were once present. Several types of dental fillings even out the tooth surface. Dentists can fill teeth with ceramic, silver amalgam, gold, composite, or glass ionomers. During a dental visit, a dentist will determine the best type of dental filling based on the severity of the cavity, its location, cost, and insurance coverage. To learn more about the dental services offered at Supreme Dentistry, reach out today by calling 844.966.2333
Types of Dental Fillings
There are a few options when it comes to dental fillings. The most common type of dental filling is the silver amalgam filling. This filling has been used for over 150 years and is still a popular option today. Silver amalgam fillings are made from a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. While Silver amalgam may be the most common, other types might suit you.
Ceramic fillings are appealing because they are tooth-colored and can often resist stains better than composite fillings. The material typically lasts more than 15 years—making it a great option if you need your tooth filled. Ceramic fillings are very durable because they are made from porcelain material. Although these fillings are aesthetically pleasing, there are some drawbacks. First, ceramic fillings are much more costly than other dental fillings. In addition, it can wear down the enamel on other teeth if the porcelain becomes rough or brittle.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are considered to be very sturdy fillings that can last up to 15 years. However, there are several drawbacks to using silver amalgam fillings. Many people dislike using silver fillings because they are not as cosmetically appealing as ceramic fillings. In addition, over time, silver fillings can expand, causing a tooth to crack. Finally, silver fillings are not attractive because they contain mercury. This neurotoxin has serious side effects such as loss of peripheral vision, lack of coordinated movements, impaired speech, hearing or walking, and weakened muscles.
Gold fillings are a great alternative to silver fillings, the least coveted material. Some benefits of gold fillings are that they are strong enough to deal with constant food chewing and are considered more attractive than silver fillings. Gold fillings are, however, quite expensive. A gold filling can cost almost ten times silver fillings. In addition, gold fillings require patients to visit for at least two fittings.
Like ceramic fillings, composite fillings will match the color of a dental patient’s teeth. These filings are typically used for front teeth or parts of the teeth that are visible. In addition, to filling cavities, composite fillings can be used to fix broken or chipped teeth. Applying composite fillings is lengthy—taking almost twenty minutes longer than silver fillings.
In addition, if composite fillings are used for inlay or onlay procedures, a patient may need to visit the office more than once to complete the process. And that’s not all. Composite fillings are not as durable as silver fillings. They usually last only five years versus up to fifteen years. Finally, they are more expensive than silver fillings.
Glass ionomers are often used for children whose teeth change in a few years. These fillings usually do not last more than five years and can release fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay.
Do You Need a Dental Filling?
If you have a cavity, you will likely need a dental filling. The best way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay and cavities during your appointment. If they find a cavity, they will recommend the best type of filling for you. A dental filling can help you by:
- Preventing tooth decay
- Restoring the strength of your tooth
- Improving the appearance of your smile
- Protecting your tooth from further damage
In some cases, your dentist may be able to repair the tooth with a dental bonding procedure. However, you may need a dental crown if the damage is more severe.
Find the Dental Fillings You Need at Supreme Dentistry
Several types of dental fillings are available to suit your needs and budget. The dentists at Supreme Dentistry will determine the best dental filling material for your teeth. However, there are ways of avoiding the need for dental fillings. Brush at least twice daily, floss, and visit your dentist for routine cleanings
. Contact us today at Supreme Dentistry 844.966.2333
to schedule an appointment
for general dental services in Houston, TX.