Unless we are talking about jelly donuts or éclairs, no one wants to hear the word “filling.” It means our dentist has used the oh-so-sad “cavity” word and that means there is decay and that means drilling and filling. Before you ignore our advice to “fix it now” and go out to buy some jelly donuts, remember that cavities don’t get better with neglect. Saving a tooth with a filling is a triumph, not a failure.
With advances in pain management (such as “sleep dentistry“), cavity preparation and composite materials, let the team at Marconi Dental Group put this little dental setback behind you. Fillings are a relatively quick and simple procedure that can help to avoid more involved and serious future problems, such as root canal therapy or extraction. While not as fun as choosing between chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, here are your filling choices:
Composite fillings are made of quartz or glass material mixed with a tooth-colored resin. The benefits of a tooth-colored filling are obvious, but composite restorations have another plus. This material bonds to your tooth, so a cavity requires less preparation, which means less drilling. Less drilling is better for us all so, whenever possible, our Carmichael dental office uses composite fillings.
Ionomer fillings are translucent and tooth-colored, made by combining acrylics with glass powders. For patients with a history of problems with tooth decay, ionomers are available that release protective fluoride over a period of time. Ionomer restorations are less esthetically pleasing than composite fillings, but they are an option that can be discussed with the team at our Carmichael office.
Traditional and economical, amalgam fillings use an alloy that combines silver, tin, copper, and other metals. They have been used in dentistry for many decades and might be used for specific circumstances.