Repair Damages from Cavities or Decay

Dental fillings are the most common treatment used to repair chipped teeth and damage caused by cavities or tooth decay while maintaining the remaining strong and healthy tooth structure. There are many types of fillings which include metal fillings, silver fillings, amalgam fillings, gold fillings, and tooth colored fillings. All fillings offer the benefit or repairing a slightly damaged tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover fillings as they are preventative treatments that solve the issues of more deterioration of the tooth structure.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings are one of the most popular types of fillings requested because they maintain the look of a natural tooth. Tooth colored fillings are often made of composite materials called composite resins. Composite resin fillings look so much like a natural tooth they can even be put in your front teeth without others noticing you have a filling. Many people choose these kinds of fillings in order to avoid drawing attention to their teeth and to keep their teeth looking flawless.

Other Types of Fillings

Gold fillings are one of the strongest and longest lasting options but can be expensive and can take a long time to place. Silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings are more of an inexpensive option, but are also a lot more noticeable which can stand out against the white of your teeth. Porcelain fillings are normally placed on the outside of your teeth and are sturdy but also more expensive. These are all common options and what’s best for your will depend on your budget and personal preferences.

How Are Dental Fillings Placed?

The dentist will go into your mouth and remove the decayed or damaged part of your teeth, clean the affected area and fill the area with the type of filling prescribed for you. It is usually a quick and relatively painless process and does not require an anesthetic or down time.

If you’re unsure what kind of filling would be best for you or have questions about the process, give TriState Dental a call and ask how they can help you repair your teeth and improve your smile!