Dental Fillings

What You Need to Know About Dental Fillings

What is a filling?

A filling is used to restore a tooth that’s become damaged by decay, so it can be restored to its original function and shape. There are several materials that can be used for fillings, such as gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, and tooth-colored plastic, also known as a composite resin filling.

Kids First Dental can help you evaluate which option is best for you based on the location of the filling, the cost, and your insurance coverage. Make an appointment today for an evaluation.

Silver Fillings vs. White Fillings

Silver fillings, which are also known as amalgams, are made of a combination of metals such as silver, tin, and mercury. Copper can also be thrown into the mix. White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made of plastic and ceramic.

Both options can be used to fill cavities, but unlike amalgam fillings which are typically reserved for larger treatment areas, tooth-colored composite fillings can be used to successfully treat even the smallest of cavities.

Filling Treatment Process

Kids First Dental will start by using a local anesthetic in order to numb the area around the tooth that needs to be filled. We will then remove the decay, clean the area, and then proceed to fill the tooth with the chosen material. Once this is done, the tooth will be polished for better esthetics and comfort.

Are there advantages to white fillings?

If you have a cavity in a tooth that can easily be seen when you smile, eat, or talk, a white filling will definitely have the advantage.

Composite fillings adhere to the tooth with a clear bonding material. And since composite fillings closely mimic the color of natural teeth, it’s not obvious to others that you have a filling.

Since many people complain that “having a mouth full of metal” is embarrassing, Kids First Dental can use white fillings to solve that problem.

It’s Easy Now That You Understand the Process

Make an appointment today with Kids First Dental to learn more about the options you have to achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of!