A dental filling is used to restore teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay. Dental fillings are also used for cavities. The filling helps prevent further tooth decay. There are several types of materials used for fillings and no one type of filling will suit everyone.
Types of Dental Fillings
The most commonly used dental fillings are:
- Composite Fillings which are made of resin and plastic. Using this material makes color matching easy for your dentist. Unfortunately, these fillings do not last long.
- Silver Amalgam Fillings are made of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. Silver amalgam fillings are strong and last longer than other fillings. A drawback to using this type of filling is that the material may expand and cause tooth cracks or spaces between other teeth.
- Glass Ionomer Fillings are made of glass and acrylic. Most pediatric dentists use these fillings on their young patients. The filling does not wear well and is likely to crack.
Dental Filling Procedure
To prepare you for your procedure, one of the dental associates at Marr Family Dentistry will use a local anesthetic to numb the area that will need to be filled. There are several instruments that may be used to remove the decay from the affected area and make sure that it is clean of all bacteria and debris. The tools include:
- A drill
- An air abrasion instrument or
- A laser
The choice of tools used largely depend on the size of the cavity or the extent of the tooth decay.
Dr. Marr or one of her associates will then match your filling to the color of your teeth and use a blue light (curing light) to harden the layers. The filling will be shaped and trimmed of any excess material and then polished. Most filling procedures can be completed in one office visit.
Schedule an Appointment/Consultation
Dr. Kami Marr and the team at Marr Family Dentistry will restore your smile. Dental fillings are only one of the many cosmetic options offered to our patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation. We are here to help you with all of your dental needs and concerns.