Cavity FillingAn Overview
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that are decayed, worn or damaged. A dental filling will restore strength and beauty to the tooth and help protect the tooth from future damage. A dentist has many choices in material for dental fillings. We will help you choose the right type of dental filling for your condition. When possible, our dentists prefer to use metal free dental filling material for the most natural looking restorations with the least potential side effects.
Valley Dental Health is a great choice for a family and general dentist near Hunt Valley, MD and surrounding areas. Our team is led by Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat. Together, they have training in all areas of dentistry and are able to provide complete care under one roof.
Cavity Filling What to Expect
Never needing a dental filling is absolutely ideal. You can help prevent the need for dental fillings by brushing and flossing daily. Remember that cavities form between teeth. Limiting your sweets and visiting the dentist regularly are other ways to help reduce the chances you’ll need a dental filling.
Types of Dental Fillings
- Resin Dental Fillings – Resin dental fillings are “white fillings” made from a biocompatible composite resin. Applied directly to the tooth and then cured with a special light, resin dental fillings are generally used for minor problems and tooth decay. Resin dental fillings are bonded to healthy tooth structure and are long lasting, but not permanent.
- Porcelain Dental Fillings – Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. Ideal for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain fillings could last many years.
- Amalgam Dental Fillings – Amalgam dental fillings are “silver fillings”. These are very safe and effective. Silver fillings are traditionally used on back teeth because they are able to withstand significant force. Silver fillings are durable and very long lasting, although many patients choose to replace them with more esthetic metal-free restorations.
- Gold Inlay Fillings – Gold fillings are often called inlays or onlays. They are made of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals. Gold fillings are very comfortable and considered the longest lasting dental filling.