A filling is used to repair a cavity caused by minor tooth decay in a tooth’s enamel. In order to keep the tooth decay from spreading the dentist needs to remove all the decayed enamel leaving a strong healthy area for the filling to adhere to.
The filling can be made from a few different materials depending on how large the cavity, where it is on the tooth and that particular tooth’s function in your mouth. The tooth’s role in your smile is also a serious consideration that is factored in. The dentist will often recommend the best material for the situation.
Gold alloys, and base metal fillings are often recommended for fillings on molars. These materials are known for being strong and durable. Gold fillings cost a little bit more and must be are custom made in a lab and then cemented into your cavity at a brief follow up appointment.
A Porcelain-ceramic material can be matched to the enamel of a tooth in your smile Just like gold, porcelain fillings are made in a laboratory and then fitted during a follow up appointment.
Composite fillings can also be color matched to your natural enamel. They are made from a plastic resin material and can be cemented in place during a single procedure.
Amalgam fillings are darker in color and not recommended for teeth in your smile. However, they can often be just as durable as a base metal filling.
If you notice a cavity developing on one of your teeth you should get it filled as soon as possible to limit the spread of tooth decay. Left unchecked it could develop into something much more serious. If you have a cavity in one of your teeth please call us at [phone] to schedule an appointment.