Fillings are a common and simple solution for minor cavities and dental issues. At Sampson Dental Group of Columbus, OH, fillings definitely makes up a significant portion of our routine dental restorations. There are quite a few types of dental fillings from which to choose, but the favorite choice is tooth-colored fillings. This is because the color matches your natural teeth, boosting both your oral health and your confidence!
When are Fillings Needed?
Fillings are a common dental treatment and are used to deal with common dental problems, such as:
- Minor tooth decay and cavities
- The loss of tooth enamel
- Tooth fractures and cracks
- Tooth sensitivity
There are many options when it comes to materials for fixing cavities. There is the typical silver amalgam, ceramic and durable gold. However, the natural-looking materials are rapidly becoming the top choice.
Composite fillings are made from composite resin and this material matches natural teeth very well, making it nearly impossible to spot. It is great for repairing teeth that have been chipped, broken or cracked.
These porcelain fillings are stain-resistant and durable, making them less likely to crack. In fact, they often last more than 15 years!
Each of these options are great for providing fillings that blend in with the color of your natural teeth and are relied upon to repair damaged teeth that will last for several years.
The first step is for the dentist to use a drill or laser and remove any tooth decay. Next, the tooth is cleaned thoroughly in order to remove any dirt or bacteria and to ensure that there will not be future decay. Then the dentist will apply a bonding agent. Next, the filling is placed in the tooth and then hardened with a light.
There are multiple benefits in the use of tooth-colored fillings. First off, they are more visually appealing. Since tooth-colored fillings blend in with your natural teeth, no can see that you have fillings, giving you more confidence in your smile. Next, they strengthen your oral health. When you fill a hole that has been left behind by cleaning out a cavity, it is highly unlikely that decay will return to that spot. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are designed to be sturdy and protect your teeth for many years. Lastly, when it comes there fillings, tooth-colored fillings are a much safer option. There are multiple concerns about the health impact of silver fillings and this has caused many of our patients to request fillings that are metal-free. The truth is, tooth-colored fillings not only look great but they are great for your health as well!
If you are interested and would like more information about composite and ceramic fillings, we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. If you live in the Columbus, OH area, feel free to give our office a call! We can’t wait to hear from you!