If you’re in need of cosmetic restorative work for your teeth that have been substantially cracked or damaged from decay or other causes, one of the first treatment options we’ll discuss with you is fillings.
What Are Fillings?
Fillings are generally designed to respond to tooth decay. The filling process will begin by having the decayed tooth structure removed. When the area has been cleared of decay and cleaned properly, the tooth will be filled with either composite or amalgam material.
In most cases, fillings can be taken care of over a single appointment, enabling you to get in and out of our dental office quickly and back to your family and work.
Types Of Fillings
In terms of dental filling materials, these are the most common:
- Amalgam fillings: These are also known as silver fillings. With amalgam fillings, the end result is pretty much the same. One of the nice things about amalgam or silver fillings is their durability. You can expect amalgam fillings to last for quite a long time. You’re also going to want to note that amalgam fillings are fairly inexpensive. However, when compared to procedures involving porcelain or composite, you’re going to notice that amalgam fillings are a bit darker in color than those other options. Generally speaking, when your dentist is discussing amalgam fillings with you, it is to fill teeth that are in the back of your mouth.
- Composite resin: One of the most appealing aspects to composite resin fillings is the fact that they are designed to look as similar to your real teeth as humanly possible. This resin product is made from ingredients that are mixed ahead of time, and then placed in the cavity. As time goes on, the mixture will become hardened.
- Porcelain: This filling solution can be in the form of an inlay or an onlay. Made to order in a laboratory, porcelain is bonded to the tooth after the production process. It is meant to match the color of the rest of the teeth in your mouth. It is also a filling option that is meant to be resistant to staining.
Which Filling Is Right For You?
We’ll help you decide if fillings are right for you. This is something that will be determined by a complete examination, in addition to a more thorough look at the area that is causing you any pain or discomfort.
At Dental Group of Trinidad and Tobago , our team is dedicated to help you with all of your general family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs.