For some, the thought of having a filling conjures up some pretty specific scenes from movies involving power tools, but we can assure you that modern dentistry doesn’t require any of that. Instead, we utilize precision instruments meant to make the process quick, clean and painless.
Who Needs Fillings?
Anyone with their original teeth may have a need for fillings if their teeth have developed cavities. Cavities are little sections of decay in otherwise healthy teeth where bacteria can colonize and breed rapidly. Catching cavities early with routine exams can help reduce or eliminate the need for more invasive and involved procedures, which is great for our patients!
When a tooth needs a filling, we’ll remove all the decayed portion of the tooth (after properly numbing you, of course), then refill it with a material that helps retain the tooth structure and function. You’ll walk out of our office as good as new.
There are basically two types of fillings: cosmetic and amalgam. Amalgam fillings are the traditional type that are made from a mixture of easy-to-manipulate metals to ensure a tight fill and eliminate any places bacteria could get a foothold again. They’re silver in color, so they’re typically better for back teeth where they’re difficult to see.
Cosmetic fillings are made from a composite plastic resin, which can seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth. They’re typically best for very small cavities but also are good options for patients who are metal-sensitive. You can even have your old amalgam fillings replaced with cosmetic fillings if you’d like a more natural look!
We take time to carefully bond each layer of your cosmetic filling to your existing tooth. Even better, you’ll leave the office with a long-lasting filling that’s ready to be used!