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.
Our Houston dentist 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
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.
This type of tooth filling typically requires two or more visits. 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.
A dental tooth filling is 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 composite dental fillings, contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.
Dr. Rosecler Marmentini is an orthodontist and specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.