A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed.
Once it is determined that a filling is needed, your dentist will advise you of your options for filling and sealing the cavity to prevent further decay and damage to the tooth. Based on your medical history, location of the cavity, esthetic needs, biting force, durability, cost, number of visits necessary and your preference, your dentist will decide which filling option is your best option. These options include direct composite bonding, amalgam (silver), gold or inlays/onlays created in a dental laboratory.
Why is it important to come to the dentist every six months? Here's a vintage 1950's video produced by the American Dental Association. Enjoy!
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Benefits of a Dental Cleaning and Exams
- Most insurance companies will pay 100% of your dental cleaning, exam, and any x-rays you may need. If you are unsure as of whether yours will cover your cleaning or not, please feel free to ask and we will check for you.
- Some may think that because their overall health is okay, that a dental exam is not necessary. Actually, your oral health is intertwined with your overall health. Choosing to neglect your teeth and gums comes with a price! Not only do problems become more extensive and expensive, you may be putting yourself at risk for more serious problems. Gum disease, heart disease, and other problems can arise from not have good oral hygiene. Having a cleaning can also detect serious issues such as oral cancers that can be life threatening.
- At your dental cleaning your dental hygienist will take bitewing x-rays (detects cavities in between your teeth that can be difficult for your dentist to detect). Occasionally, we will take a panoral x-ray which is necessary if your having your wisdom teeth extracted, a denture or partial made, or for many other reasons. A panoral x-ray is helpful in detecting abnormalities in your sinus, jaw, and surrounding areas such as tumors, cysts, or deterioration of your bones. Your hygienist will remove all plaque and tarter, polish your teeth to remove stains and plaque, and the doctor will exam and give you a treatment plan of any needed restorations. At this time you can choose to have a fluoride treatment. Although it’s not necessary, we highly recommend it.
- Fluoride is useful in preventing cavities and making your teeth stronger.
- Prevention and Early Detection is the cornerstone of our practice. We hope that we have exceeded your expectations and were able to answer any questions you had. We are looking forward to establishing a long-term relationship with you and helping you maintain optimum oral health.