Fillings are a method dentist’s use to treat cavities, but they also have additional applications, such as for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, not to mention correcting other damage that can occur to the tooth. Fillings not only restore the look of our teeth, but they also play a critical role in oral health and have for ages.
In cases of cavities, a dentist will generally use a local anesthetic to numb the area while using a drill, a laser, or an air abrasion instrument to clear away decayed portions of the tooth, laying the groundwork for placing the actual filling.
Dental Filling Materials
Your teeth can be filled with several biocompatible materials. A dentist might treat cavities by filling them with:
- Silver Amalgam
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Composite Resin
- Glass Ionomer
location and extent of decay as well as economical and insurance factors will determine which material is best for your distinct needs. At Audubon Dental Center we like to give our valued patients as many options as possible to give the best and most effective treatment possible.
There are advantages to certain types of fillings that you should go over with your dentist. Gold and silver amalgam fillings can last from 10-15 years or more, for instance, yet many patients opt out of gold and silver fillings because of aesthetic reasons. Tooth-colored fillings carry the advantage of being far more discreet by blending in with your natural tooth.
The Purpose of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are designed to protect your oral health by restoring the natural shape and functionality of your tooth while protecting it from bacteria. If you let a cavity or damaged tooth slip by your attention, it’s possible to create more damage in the surrounding areas.
It’s important not to let a cavity or a cracked or chipped tooth go untreated, because it can lead to further discomfort and decay, which will compromise the safety of your smile. In many cases, you will not know that you have a cavity, which means it’s doubly important to keep your scheduled visits with Audubon Dental Center twice a year to stay on top of any developments and address any issues before they become more costly problems.
Cost of Dental Fillings
In many cases, insurance policies will cover the cost of fillings (usually up to the cost of silver with patients paying the additional cost out of pocket). It’s important to take full advantage of your dental insurance if you have it.
Dr. Pantano is here to help our patients looking to restore their healthy smiles. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation to learn more about our oral health treatments and services. We have a long track record of creating and keeping healthy smiles for the entire family.