When it comes to your oral health, cavities are public enemy number one. And the best way to defeat a cavity is to fill it. That’s why tooth fillings are one of the most popular procedures in a dental practice.
But have you ever wondered what makes up a filling?
What Is a Dental Filling?
Simply put, a cavity is a hole that has developed in your tooth. A dental filling is a composite material that “fills” the hole, thus restoring the tooth to its normal shape and function.
Dental fillings come in a variety of different materials. If you’re in need of a filling, your Sacramento dentist will consider your personal needs before recommending one of the following materials:
- Gold: Gold fillings have been popular for years due to their long life span (often lasting more than 20 years) and reputation for being well-tolerated by most patient’s gum tissue. However, gold fillings are the most expensive and may require multiple visits to be finalized.
- Amalgam: Amalgam (or “silver”) fillings are less expensive than gold, yet still strong enough to resist most damage from normal wear and tear of the teeth. The drawback? Amalgam fillings tend to be a little darker in color and thus stick out as noticeable. Because of this, the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group generally recommend such fillings only for teeth that aren’t so visible.
- Composite resins: Also known as “plastic” fillings, composite resins can be designed to match the color of your natural teeth. However, their life span is significantly shorter (less than 10 years), and they generally break and chip easier than normal teeth.
- Porcelain: Porcelain fillings (also known as inlays or onlays) can be matched to the color of the rest of your teeth. They are stronger and more stain-resistant than composite resins, and their price is similar to gold.
Which Type of Filling Should You Choose?
Choosing the right filling material is an important decision, as hopefully it’s something you’ll be living with for a very long time! That’s why we at the Marconi Dental Group are happy to assist you in making that decision. As your Sacramento dental filling experts, we’ll help you choose the best type of filling for you.
If you suspect you have a cavity, don’t delay: Make an appointment with us today.