Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay. If you have a cavity, we will remove the decay and clean the affected area. We will then fill the gap with artificial material that will prevent bacteria from entering the space to cause further deterioration. We may use any of a variety of materials to fill a tooth. The type of filling we use will be dependent on several factors, including the extent and location of the decay, whether you are allergic to any materials, and the cost.
Types of dental fillings
Traditional fillings include gold, amalgam (silver) and porcelain fillings. Newer fillings use ceramic and plastic compounds, also called composite resins.
Gold fillings usually do not cause any adverse reaction with the gum tissues, and they can last for up to 20 years. Many people like the appearance of gold fillings, but they are the most expensive material. You will also require multiple visits to complete a gold filling.
Silver fillings are durable and relatively inexpensive. The downside though, is that they have a dark colour, which makes them undesirable.
Porcelain fillings are sometimes called inlays and can be made to match the colour of your tooth. However, porcelain fillings are fairly expensive, with a price similar to gold fillings.
Composite resins, like porcelain fillings, can be made to resemble the natural tooth. This type of filling can also be stained by your food and lasts for about three to ten years. Because composite resin can chip or wear over time, they might not be the best choice for large areas.
Contact us today if you think you need dental fillings!
Only a dentist can know for sure if you need dental fillings. So, call us today to schedule an appointment if you suspect you have a cavity. We will tell you whether a dental filling is your best option and if so, what type might work well for you. Visit our dental clinic in Surrey today.