Rejuvenate Your Smile With Dental Fillings

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  • Have any existing decay removed right away
  • Strengthen and protect a damaged tooth
  • Benefit from a natural-looking, durable restoration
  • Prioritize your oral health
  • Smile with confidence!

If you've ever had a cavity, you know that fillings can save your smile. But what are dental fillings made from and how do they protect your teeth?

Made with materials that "fill" the hole caused by a cavity, the most common type of dental filling is an amalgam filling, which is comprised of a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, copper, and zinc. Amalgam fillings are strong and durable but they are also the most visible type of dental filling and can make many patients feel self-conscious about smiling, laughing, and speaking when they’re placed in prominent teeth.

Composite fillings are made of a mixture of glass or quartz filler and plastic resin and are tooth-colored, making them more aesthetically pleasing. They also bond quickly to teeth, giving them greater strength that helps prevent breaks.

Why are fillings necessary?

Used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay, fillings restore strength to tooth enamel that has been broken down by acidic foods and drinks, plaque, and tartar. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to pain, sensitivity, and infection. Fillings also help restore a tooth to its original shape and size and prevent further decay by sealing off the tooth from plaque and tartar.

How long do fillings last?

In most cases, fillings will last for many years when cared for diligently with good oral hygiene habits that include twice daily brushing, once daily flossing, and regular bi-annual visits to our office. Of course, they may need to be replaced eventually due to wear and tear.

Wondering if you may need a filling or do you have questions about which material might be right for you? Call our office today!