|Untreated cavities can cause serious damage to your oral health. That’s we here at Drone Prosthodontics, are happen to provide some information about dental fillings to help you better understand how we treat cavities.
A filling helps restore the area of your tooth that has been damaged by decay. They are several types of fillings, spanning from gold to porcelain, but we prefer to use composite resin materials fillings or amalgam (silver) fillings. The process is fairly simple. We will remove the decayed material, clean the area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with the specialized material.
Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings are typically used to restore small or medium-sized cavities, as well as chipped anterior (front) teeth. Because they are made of plastic and glass materials, composite resin fillings can be matched to the color of your teeth. This is ideal for cases where aesthetics are a concern. Following preparation, we will apply the composite in layers. Between each layer, we will use a specialized light to help harden the material. After this process is complete, we will shape the filling to fit your tooth, and apply polish to prevent staining and reduce initial wear.
Composite fillings will stain over time, and they can only withstand moderate chewing pressure. So, it is important to note that the lifespan of your filling largely depends on the area in which it is situated. Because composites need to be “bonded” to the tooth, less tooth enamel needs to be removed, making them a slightly more conservative option to amalgam fillings. You may find some increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods. This is normal and should diminish over time. Dental Insurance companies typically cover the cost up to what an amalgam filling would cost. The rest is paid out of pocket, although some insurance companies do cover the full cost if the teeth are visible.
Amalgam Dental Fillings
If aesthetics are not an issue or a composite filling is not possible, then the best choice is an amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings have been used for the past 150 years and have proven to be a reliable solution. They consist of a combination of metals (tin, mercury, copper, and silver), making them extremely resistant to wear. They are usually less expensive than composite fillings, but due to their dark color, we do not recommend them for the treatment of anterior teeth. These fillings are often the best choice for larger cavities. We typically use amalgam dental fillings for your posterior teeth (molars and premolars), because they can withstand extreme forces as a result of chewing. They are by nature, self-sealing, making them useful in areas that cannot be kept dry easily, unlike composite resins. The majority of dental insurance companies will cover the cost of an amalgam filling.
Contact Us Today about Dental Fillings
Of course, the best form of dentistry is always preventative. Make sure to brush and floss twice daily to avoid cavities. If you would like to learn more or have any questions, then please contact us at (219) 250-1163, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment.