Dental Fillings

A dental filling procedure is used to help treat a cavity, repair cracked, broken teeth, or teeth that are worn down from tooth grinding or nail biting. During the dental filling procedure the dentists drills around the area of the tooth that is decayed in order to remove the cavity and ‘fill’ in the space with dental filling.

Once the material is used to fill the space, your dentist will use dental instruments to properly shape the filling. Most importantly, the dentist will shape the tooth to look natural in addition to matching the color of your teeth and creating the perfect smile.

Dental Filling Material Types:

Composite Dental Fillings

Composite Fillings are the most common types of fillings used. They are made with a resin base and designed to mimic the color of your teeth. Similarly to your teeth, composites can also stain over time.

Amalgam Dental Fillings

Also known as silver filings, they are more resistant to stains and durable. However, they are not appealing as they do not blend in with the color of your teeth. Smile Obsession carefully removes Amalgam fillings and replaces them with white composite fillings

Gold Dental Fillings

These fillings are among the most famous types of dental fillings known to be more expensive, durable, and can last up to 20 years.

Porcelain Dental Fillings

These fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced in a lab and chemically bonded to the tooth. In addition, they are similar in price to gold fillings but can be designed to match the color of your teeth.

Dental Filling FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

A tooth filling is not considered painful. Once your dentist administers the anesthesia you won’t experience any pain.
A tooth filling typically lasts between 10 to 12 years before needing to be replaced again. If you find that you need to replace your tooth filling you can contact our dental office for a replacement!
Dental fillings can be made of various materials such as gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, silver, zinc, tin, plastic, and other materials called composite resin fillings.
The most attractive option is typically composite fillings because they are closely matched to the color of your teeth. However, they can be more expensive than other filling options. Ceramic fillings are also a popular choice because they are aesthetically pleasing and highly durable.
At times, filings can fall out or loosen and can be painful due to the exposed tooth feeling pressure and sensitivity. This isnt usually a big emergency but hot or cold temperatures can increase your pain. In other cases, filings may loosen if they become decayed.

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