Sometimes cavities can happen. A filling can help restore a tooth damaged by decay back to more normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. This composite material seals the tooth so bacteria cannot enter and cause more decay. It is important to consistently floss and brush your teeth to extend the lifespan of your filling.
- Composite (plastic) resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
- CEREC fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom made in our office using CEREC technology, then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and have a cost midway between fillings and crowns. . A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
- Amalgam fillings are most often used in areas not seen and along roots that composite fillings do not bond.
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through Root Canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping. If you have a question about which treatment is best for you, give our office a call!