Dental Fillings

What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a composite resin that is used to repair a tooth or teeth damaged by decay. The application of a dental filling is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to restore the structural integrity of damaged teeth. During this process, your dentist will remove the decayed area; after a thorough cleaning, he will then use the filling to fill the cavity created by the removal of the decayed area.

In addition to restoring the tooth from the damage done by decay, the filling also serves to further protect your tooth from future decay by preventing bacteria from entering and accessing the inside of your tooth.

Some common filling material types include porcelain, composite resin, gold, and amalgam (a mercury based alloy that also includes silver and zinc). All of these options have different costs and benefits. Typically, your dentist will suggest which he feels is your best option; it would be in your best interest to follow his advice, as he knows what he is doing. Your dentist is a professional; he has been trained and has experience with many different patients.
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What is the difference between filling materials?

A wide variety of materials exist and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. While your dentist usually knows best, you should still be informed of the pros and cons of each before committing to a procedure. Here are some of the more common materials used in dental fillings:

  • Cast Gold:
    • Pros
      • Good Looking – many patients prefer the look of gold fillings to silver ones.
      • Durable – resists corrosion. Lasts up to 10+ years before a replacement is required.
      • Strong – the effects of normal day to day chewing on the filling are minor.
    • Cons
      • Expensive – one of the most expensive options. Can cost up to 10x the cost of an amalgam filling.
      • Multiple visits required – the application process takes a minimum of two visits to your dentist.
      • Aesthetics – while many patients prefer gold fillings to silver fillings, even more prefer to not have the filling be noticeable, at all.
  • Amalgam (silver):
    • Pros
      • Durable – resists corrosion. Lasts up to 10+ years before a replacement is required.
      • Strong – The effects of normal day to day chewing on the filling are minor.
      • Cost – among the cheapest filling options, if not the cheapest.
    • Cons
      • Noticeable – silver fillings stand out and can be noticed easily.
      • Require more drilling – because of the size of the filling, often times healthy tooth matter must be removed to make space.
      • Discoloration – sometimes amalgam fillings will give the rest of the affected tooth a slight gray hue.
  • Composite (tooth colored):
    • Pros
      • Unnoticeable – the color of the composite resin is matched to your teeth, so it is almost undetectable.
      • Bonded to tooth – composite fillings are chemically bonded to the tooth and, as such, provide additional structural support.
    • Cons
      • Fragile – do not last as long as amalgam or gold fillings and can sometimes break under heavy pressure.
      • Multiple Visits Required – more than one office visit may be required, and the application process is also more time-consuming.
      • Expensive – while not as costly as cast gold fillings, composite fillings can cost double the price of amalgam fillings.

Why Choose Watson Dental Care?

Here at Watson Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing top-quality service at affordable rates. We offer dental services for people of all ages; bring the whole family! We want to make you feel respected and cared for during your visit, so we will make our best effort to accommodate any need you may have. Call us today at (407)-351-3213 for more information or to schedule an appointment! You can also contact us via e-mail at web@DentistOrlandoFlorda.com