Fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill a tooth cavity after decay is removed. Dental fillings may be comprised of composite materials, porcelain or metal alloys, such as gold or silver amalgam. All of these dental materials are very strong and durable, allowing them to withstand hard chewing pressure and last long into the future.
Thanks to the latest advancements in dental technology, fillings may also be used on front teeth as well using natural-looking ceramic and plastic compounds, or composite resins. The type of material used for your dental filling will depend on various factors, including the location of your tooth and the level of decay involved.
Dr. Mofid will help you determine the best choice of dental fillings. Some factors that he will consider include:
• Performance of a material
• Durability of a material
• Location of the tooth
• The tooth’s level of decay
• Chewing load on the tooth
Dr. Mofid weighs all of the various factors in your dental filling material selection to make sure you get the optimal solution that works best for your distinct situation.
Direct fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in just one visit. First, Dr. Mofid will prepare the tooth by removing all decay and traces of bacteria inside the cavity. The tooth will then be thoroughly rinsed and cleared of all debris before the filling material is placed inside the cavity and shaped to match the look and feel of your surrounding teeth. The materials commonly used for direct fillings include resin ionomers, composite or resin, or glass ionomers.
This type of filling typically requires two or more visits. Types of indirect fillings include veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and bridges that are made with composites, ceramics, metal alloys, or gold. During your first visit, Dr. Mofid will remove the decay and prepare the tooth for the additional work by making an impression of the tooth. A temporary covering will be placed on the tooth while the impression is sent to a lab to create your custom dental restoration. During your second appointment with us, this prosthetic piece is placed on your tooth or teeth and adjusted for the right final look and feel.
Fillings are a common dental treatment that can help prevent further damage to a tooth or help you achieve a more attractive smile. If you are in need of a dental filling or a routine checkup to detect cavities or other dental problems, contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.