Dental fillings in Monahan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are a common way to treat cavities, which are areas of decaying teeth that become small holes. During a filling, your dentist fills these holes with a substance, such as an amalgam or composite. While this is a simple, routine procedure, it leaves many people with sensitive teeth afterward. Cavity fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. The most common type of filling is made from a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of metals such as silver, tin, and mercury. Amalgam fillings are strong and durable, but they can be noticeable because of their silver color. Other fillings include composite (tooth-colored) fillings, gold fillings, and porcelain (ceramic) fillings.

Composite and porcelain fillings are usually more expensive than amalgam fillings but can match them to the color of your teeth, making them less noticeable. Gold fillings are also used, but usually in back teeth because they are costly. If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and place the filling in the hole. The filling material is placed in the cavity in layers, and each layer is hardened with a special light before the next layer is added. After the filling is in place, your dentist will check to make sure it is the right size and shape. Then, he or she will polish the filling so that it is smooth. You may feel some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a short time after the filling is placed. This is normal and should go away within a few days.

What are Tooth-Colored Dental Cavity Fillings?

A tooth-colored filling or dental composite is a strong, durable, and natural-looking material used to repair teeth damaged by decay or injury. The filling material is made from resin (plastic) combined with fine glass particles. Tooth-colored fillings are usually used for small to medium cavities and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. There are different types of tooth-colored fillings which include gold and porcelain. A gold filling is a type of dental restoration that uses gold to fill in cavities or to restore cracked or broken teeth. They are solid and durable, but they are also costly. Gold fillings are usually only used in back teeth because they are less noticeable in these teeth. A porcelain (ceramic) filling is a type of dental restoration that uses porcelain to fill in cavities or to restore cracked or broken teeth. This type of filling is matched to the color of your natural teeth and is less noticeable than other types of fillings. Tooth-colored fillings offer many benefits over traditional metal (amalgam) fillings. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved aesthetics – tooth-colored fillings are less noticeable than metal fillings and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
  • Improved strength and durability – tooth-colored fillings are made from strong, durable materials that can last for many years with proper care.
  • Reduced sensitivity – tooth-colored fillings do not contain metal, which means they are less likely to cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Do I need a Cavity Filling?

If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and place the filling in the hole. The filling material is placed in layers, and each layer is hardened with a special light before the next layer is added. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities because a dentist wants to remove the decayed part (the pit) and fill it to stop any further damage from occurring. While there aren’t ways to draw a cavity without a filling, there are ways to reverse the decay. However, if the cavity is large or there is extensive decay, a crown (cap) may be necessary to restore the tooth. A crown is placed over the entire tooth and is made from various materials, including gold, porcelain, or a metal alloy. Some people are concerned about the safety of dental amalgam (silver) fillings because they contain mercury. Many people are apprehensive about trips to the dentist because filling cavities can be scary and uncomfortable. In the past, dentists have filled every cavity. However, these alternatives may vary depending on the size and depth of the cavity, your own risk of getting cavities, and how well you take care of your teeth here at Monahan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

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At Monahan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand that you may be anxious about getting a filling. We will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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