Teeth require consistent cleaning and care to stay healthy and free of problems like tooth decay or infections. Despite your best efforts, sometimes these issues still occur, and in these situations, it is best to seek cosmetic fillings to restore your smile. At Spectrum Family Dentistry, we offer multiple types of cosmetic fillings for patients interested in correcting their teeth’s appearance and protecting them from future damage.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Teeth degrade and break down due to a lack of care, but there are more specific causes, like a bad diet, smoking, and pre-existing medical conditions, that can play a role as well. Dental cosmetic fillings are simply a way to cover any holes present in your teeth so you can protect your tooth’s pulp from any further damage. Without fillings, more bacteria and filth can enter your tooth, potentially damaging the pulp and tooth canal itself. In turn, you might have to undergo painful and time-consuming root canal procedures.
We provide multiple types of fillings depending on your situation and preferences; here is what we have to offer you:
- Amalgam fillings: Amalgam fillings are made from silver, tin, and mercury. They’re reliable and last for a long time.
- Composite fillings: Plastic and glass, when mixed together, form an excellent composite resin that can fill any tooth. It might be more expensive, but many patients prefer fillings without mercury in them.
- Porcelain fillings: Porcelain tooth-colored fillings look just like the real thing; they have the appearance of natural teeth and have impeccable durability.
The Dental Filling Process
The dental filling process begins with our dentists examining a patient’s teeth for any signs of decay. We watch for troublesome indicators of problems, such as strange blemishes, cracks, and holes. As soon as we see a cavity or other blemish, we inform the patient and prepare for fillings.
We begin with a tooth cleaning. Under a powerful, treated light, we then apply multiple layers of a filling, building a new tooth surface from scratch. Patients do not have to visit the office again for a second appointment; our fillings take only one session to complete.