Dental fillings are used to effectively restore teeth that are either cracked, chipped, worn out or infected by cavities. Though filling materials such as gold, amalgam, and silver were being used previously, they are less preferred nowadays due to the several drawbacks that they exhibited. Instead, they have been replaced by tooth-colored composite fillings that are both aesthetically pleasing and restore the teeth that are compromised.
Our team, that comprises of expert dentists like Drs. Thor G. Thorson, Stephen S. Garner, and Jason R. Boeskin, handles every patient with care and compassion. We prefer composite fillings as they are safe, biocompatible and offer excellent aesthetics.
Are you the ideal candidate for fillings?
Patients with the following conditions can choose to get fillings:
Decayed teeth: Teeth that are infected by cavities can be restored using fillings. The decay will be removed, the cavity will be cleaned and the filling material will be applied to it. Then, it is shaped accordingly and hardened.
Damaged teeth: Sometimes, external injury to the mouth can cause the teeth to crack. Dental fillings can be used to treat them and prevent the crack from progressing further. Also, when there is minor chipping, fillings can be used to restore the contour of such teeth.
Misshapen and excessively spaced teeth: Misshapen teeth are the ones that are naturally out of shape. Their contour can be changed using fillings. Also, when the teeth are spaced too far apart from each other, they can be given an aesthetic makeover to look perfectly spaced.
The dentist would screen the teeth for any signs of infections, accumulation of tartar, the extent of damage to the teeth structure, etc. In the case of cavities, the decayed tissues will be removed and the cavity will be disinfected. A tooth-colored composite filling material will be applied to it and shaped according to the contour required. A curing light will be used to harden it and finally, it will be polished to match the shade of the adjoining teeth. The procedures to treat cracked, chipped and misshapen teeth are similar.
Why should you choose composite fillings?
- Tooth-colored fillings are not easily noticeable. Since they look exactly like the natural enamel, they perfectly conceal cavities.
- They not only help to retain the natural tooth, but also provide structural support to them.
- They are safe, biocompatible and non-toxic, unlike amalgam fillings. Also, they do not expand or contract too much due to change in temperature.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (928) 317-1900 to learn more about fillings from our dentists.