Fort Worth, TX
Dental fillings are a treatment to help fix and restore decayed teeth. It is an effective treatment for damaged or broken teeth, as well. Decay and trauma can cause a lot of damage to your teeth, and decay can make your teeth hollow and vulnerable for other bacteria and infections to further harm the affected tooth. To treat these dental complications (such as tooth decay), we here at HomeTown Dental, Fort Worth (Sycamore) will create a space to put the filling by removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Over time, the filling helps your teeth to get back to their ordinary shape, size, and function.
The Types of Dental Fillings
There are several different types of materials that are used for dental fillings. We select the material for your dental filling by considering which is best for you. We will discuss the location of the tooth that needs filling, the cost of it, and various other factors with you. Composite fillings, amalgam fillings, gold fillings, ceramic fillings, and glass ionomer are the most common types of materials that we use for dental fillings.
For filling the back teeth or non-visible teeth, we may suggest amalgam fillings, as it does not match or blend with the rest of your natural teeth. However, these are very strong and usually last about or more than ten years. For filling the front or visible teeth of the mouth, we may suggest composite resin fillings, as it is a mixture of plastics and fine glass particles. This matches and blends in with the rest of your natural teeth quite. They are also more ideal for front teeth, as they require less drilling.
Gold fillings last longer than every other type of filling, as they are extremely durable. They also do not match the natural color of your teeth and can cost more than amalgam fillings, but thanks to their durability, they still remain an option to our patients. Ceramic fillings are similar in cost to gold fillings, but they are a great choice for patients who want an option that is both durable and attractive. These are made from a type of porcelain and colored the same as your teeth to make it look natural. The glass ionomer filling is also very strong (and is made out of acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate), and we may suggest these when someone has a lot of decay on the part of the tooth that extends below the gum.
How a Filling is Placed
First of all, we remove the decay from the affected tooth and clean the empty space to get rid of any bacteria or infections. After that, the empty space is prepared and polished for the filling. The next steps may vary according to the type of materials used for the filling. However, it ends with us trimming off any extra layer of the filling and polishing the shape and texture, as well. You may also leave with getting a temporary filling. This is when the filling requires more than one appointment to complete the procedure. We can different services to offer, including a dental crown, or another type of restorative service.
As every patient is unique and has their own needs, we like to make sure you are fully informed about your options when receiving a dental filling. To learn more about which material or type of filling is ideal for you, please contact us here at HomeTown Dental, Fort Worth (Sycamore) by calling us at (682) 204-5717 today.