A filling is a restorative procedure your dentist may recommend if you have a cavity or tooth decay. The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, clean the area, and then fill the hole with a material such as composite resin, porcelain, or gold.
At Queens Dental Design, fillings are one of our most common dental procedures, typically performed in a single visit. Fillings help to restore the function of your teeth and prevent further decay. They also improve the appearance of your smile by filling in any gaps or holes. Additionally, fillings can help to prevent further damage to your teeth and prevent them from becoming infected.
Types of Dental Fillings
Amalgam is a silver-colored metal alloy that has been used to fill cavities for over a hundred years. It is solid and durable, making it a good choice for large cavities or those that receive a lot of chewing force. However, some people do not like the look of amalgam fillings because they are noticeable in the mouth.
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material made from plastic and glass. It is often used to fill small cavities or those located in the mouth's front. The composite resin is durable and can match your natural teeth's color. It is also less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other fillings.
Porcelain is a ceramic material that is often used for crowns and bridges. It can also be used as a dental filling. Porcelain is strong and durable and can match your natural teeth's color. However, it is more expensive than other types of fillings.
Gold is another metal that can be used to fill cavities. It is solid and durable, but it is also the most expensive type of filling. Gold is also the most likely to cause an allergic reaction.
The Benefits of Dental Fillings
- Halt the Progression of Decay
Cavities are areas of tooth decay caused by the erosion of the tooth's enamel. Dental fillings are a crucial tool in stopping this decay from spreading further and preventing the need for more extensive and invasive treatments in the future.
A tooth affected by decay or damage can be weakened and sensitive. Dental fillings restore the strength and integrity of the tooth, enabling you to chew, speak, and bite without discomfort or limitations.
- Preservation of Tooth Structure
By removing only the damaged part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling, your dentist preserves as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. This is essential for maintaining overall oral health and bite alignment.
Fillings help restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay and can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth. If you need a dental filling, visit Queens Dental Design at 80-15 164th St., 2nd Floor, Jamaica 11432, or call (718) 523-1525.