At Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we have qualified experts who will assist in restoring your decayed teeth through dental fillings. The fillings we use at our office can restore the normal functionality of your teeth and prevent additional decay.
When you visit our office for consultations, our experts will consider several factors when determining the right type of filling material that is suitable for you. Some of these factors include the extent of the decay, the location of the filling, as well as the cost. Before our team gives you a filling, they must first remove the decayed part of the tooth, clean the affected part, and then fill the cleaned area using the material our dentist recommends.
Fillings have several benefits. However, the major benefits include sealing off the spaces in your teeth to prevent bacteria from entering, as well as preventing any further decay.
Different Types of Dental Fillings
Before visiting our offices for a consultation, it is important to understand that there are different types of fillings that we recommend. However, not every type if best for our patients. The right material is determined by the level of the decay, the location of the tooth to be filled, and the cost. In addition to this, our dentist must determine whether the patient is allergic to particular materials. Some of the different materials that we use at our offices include:
Gold fillings are made in our laboratories before one of our dentists cement them into place. It is important to note that gold inlays rarely react to the patient’s gums, and can last over 20 years. For these reasons, our dentists usually advise our patients to consider this option since it the best material overall. Gold fillings, however, tend to be costly and will require that you make several visits to our clinic before the procedure is complete.
Amalgam or Silver Fillings
Silver or amalgam fillings are somewhat inexpensive and do not wear down easily. However, these fillings tend to be more noticeable compared to composite or porcelain fillings since they are mostly dark in color. This is one of the major reasons why we do not use these fillings in more visible areas like your front teeth.
Composite or Plastic Resins
These are some of the common dental filling materials that we use at our office. Before fitting them to our patients, we first make sure that we match them to the color of the rest of the patient’s teeth, and this assists us in achieving the natural appearance desire. Our dentists mix and then place the filling material directly into the affected tooth, where they harden immediately. However, composite fillings are not the best materials for patients who require large fillings since they are prone to chipping and also wear with time. In addition to this, composite resins can be stained by tea, coffee, or tobacco, and will not last long like other filling materials. Generally, composite resins last for around 3 to 10 years, depending on how you take care of them.
Our dentists might recommend cap or crown in cases where the extent of decay has caused significant damage to your tooth. If you need more information about dental fillings, feel free to contact our professionals here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (281) 550-9054, and we will be more than willing to share more information with you.