A dental filling is a restorative treatment that uses materials to either repair a cavity or fill a damaged tooth. The material used in fillings is generally a composite resin. This resin is tooth-colored, so it blends in with the natural tooth when you smile.
What types of fillings are there?
Silver amalgam fillings have been used for decades. These fillings are strong and durable and can last for up to 15 years. Gold fillings, similar to silver fillings, are very durable. However, gold fillings are not as strong as silver fillings, and they do not last as long.
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are made of plastic, glass, and other materials. Composite resin fillings are popular because they are more aesthetic than silver fillings.
When are dental fillings necessary?
A dental filling may be necessary for any number of reasons:
- To repair minor decay
- To repair a tooth weakened by a large filling
- To repair a tooth cracked, broken, or worn down by grinding or clenching your teeth
- To repair a tooth affected by minor trauma
How are fillings placed?
Before your dental filling is placed, your dentist will numb your tooth and clean the area thoroughly. Once the tooth is prepared, the composite resin is applied in layers. When the filling gets dry, we will shape, polish, and buff the filling to ensure the perfect fit.
Are dental fillings safe?
Dental fillings are safe, durable, and effective at preventing future dental decay.
The composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings bonds with the tooth, helping to prevent future decay. The filling prevents bacteria from gaining access to the cavity and damaging the tooth from the inside out.
How can I make my fillings last longer?
You can do a few things at home to make your dental fillings last longer.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use mouthwash daily.
What if a cavity is too severe for a filling, or if a patient has multiple cavities?
In these cases, we may recommend a dental crown or bridge. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth after it has been shaped to fit. A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.