Dental Fillings

Girl who got her tooth colored fillings near The Colony smiles.If you are having trouble with a toothache, sensitivity in one or more teeth, or other indications that you may need dental fillings, The Carrollton Dentist is here to help.

The dental fillings procedure is rather simple and straightforward. Once decay is removed from a tooth, it can be restored with material commonly referred to as a “dental filling.” In the past, traditional dental fillings were made of different types of metals like amalgam or gold which are strong but much darker in color than your natural teeth. There are some studies that purport that these traditional metal dental fillings are unhealthy as they contain mercury. They certainly are less than attractive.

Today, teeth can be restored with white fillings using modern materials including ceramic and plastic compounds called composite resins that look and feel like natural teeth and contain no metal.

What Type of Dental Filling is Right for Me?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and investment in cosmetic dentistry white fillings:

  • The material used
  • The amount of tooth structure remaining after decay is removed
  • Where and how the tooth colored filling is placed
  • The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
  • The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth

The ultimate decision about what type of dental fillings are best is made by you in consultation with the doctor. In general, there are two basic types of white fillings:

  • Direct dental fillings are placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Modern materials used for direct white fillings include tooth colored filling composite, glass ionomers or resin ionomers. Once the dentist prepares the tooth, the white fillings are placed and adjusted in one visit.
  • Indirect dental fillings are for larger areas that need to be restored. First, the family dentist prepares the tooth and takes an impression of the area to be restored. A temporary dental filling is placed on the tooth and the dental laboratory makes the new dental filling restoration to fit the exact space in your tooth, just like a puzzle piece. During your next visit, the temporary dental filling is removed and the new “puzzle piece” dental filling is cemented in place for a natural look and feel.

No matter the type of white fillings are best for you, thanks to modern advances in dental materials, you’ll have confidence in a smile that has a natural look and feel.