Dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat cavities or tooth decay. Fillings are used in order to prevent minor decay from rapidly spreading bacteria into the tooth’s pulp – where it then must be treated with a procedure known as a root canal.
You Have Options
At Lakewood Family Dentistry, you have a choice in the type of dental filling you want. Each type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but they all accomplish the same goal: preventing further decay from occurring.
The Types of Fillings We Offer
These are one of the oldest options, but they are highly durable, often lasting a lifetime for some patients. However, controversy has risen due to their mercury content – though it’s a very low amount. We do not typically recommend silver fillings. They also do not match the color of your teeth.Tooth-colored Composites
Made up of composite resin, this type of filling is a great choice if you want a filling that matches the same shade as your teeth for concealment. They also chemically bond to the tooth for added support, however they lack the durability of other options – usually having to be replaced every 10-15 years.Porcelain
These are very similar to composite resin in that they also match your tooth’s color, however they are more abrasive. Porcelain or ceramic fillings may last awhile and are also more resistant to stains.
The procedure is often quick, ranging no more than an hour to complete. Composite resin fillings generally take a little longer than other options, but they come with their own set of benefits. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area so that you are comfortable throughout.
Discuss Your Options With Our Dentist
We will gladly help you decide what filling is recommended based on your needs and budget. For more information on dental fillings, please call our office at (562) 860-7116.