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Dental Fillings: What are Your Options?

Which Filling Is Right for You? 
Deciding which filling best fits your needs requires a thorough dental exam. Your dentist can evaluate your overall dental health so you can make an informed decision.
Choosing your fillings may come down to a matter of preference. Cosmetic appearance, durability, and cost are all factors to consider. Still, it is important to consult with your dentist before settling on an option. Your dentist can take into account the size and location of your cavity and share the pros and cons of each filling material.
Which Filling Is Right for You?

Deciding which filling best fits your needs requires a thorough dental exam. Your dentist can evaluate your overall dental health so you can make an informed decision.

Choosing your fillings may come down to a matter of preference. Cosmetic appearance, durability, and cost are all factors to consider. Still, it is important to consult with your dentist before settling on an option. Your dentist can take into account the size and location of your cavity and share the pros and cons of each filling material.

A healthy smile can be damaged by cavities. Tooth decay happens when built-up and developed plaque creates or makes holes and openings in the enamel covering a tooth’s surface. Cavities can cause permanent damage to the sensitive tissue and nerves of a tooth if without appropriate treatment.

To treat a person’s cavities, dental fillings are designed. After the decayed tissue is removed, a dental filling is made out of special material that is set in the tooth. Traditional fillings are produced using metal, but advances in dental care mean different alternatives are currently accessible to patients with cavities.

Types of Dental Fillings

Treating cavities in the early stages are very important. Through this, it can help you avoid serious complications extending from nerve damage to tooth loss that can result if cavities are allowed to decay. There are a variety of dental fillings available. Always communicate to your Del Mar Highlands dentist to know more about different alternatives and options that will best fit you.

Amalgam Fillings

These fillings have been an installation in dental care and looked for more than a century. They are silver colored, however, are produced using different types of metal including copper, silver, tin, and mercury.

Composite Fillings

A composite filling is a tooth-colored filling produced using a resin, glass or quartz. Compared to amalgam fillings, composite fillings are more durable, and also it offers better resistance to fracture. Composite fillings likewise have a more natural or normal appearance. Composite fillings come at a higher expense compared than amalgam fillings, however, and take a longer time to place in a cavity.

Ionomer Fillings

Ionomer fillings are another type of a tooth-colored filling. They are produced using acrylic and glass or resin. This type of filling is utilized on major cavities near the roots or between teeth. To protect and shield teeth from suffering additional decay, the Ionomer filling releases fluoride. It should not be placed on surfaces that are directly exposed to friction created from chewing because this filling lacks durability compared to other fillings.

Custom Fillings

Dentist at Del Mar Highlands Dentistry offers this type of fillings. Certain dental issues often require making fillings from a special mold of your mouth. These fillings include a decoration that fills the removed portion of your tooth and a crown, which is intended to cover both the sides and the top of the tooth. Placing a custom filling requires two or more dental appointments. These fillings are entirely durable over time and can be made from porcelain, composite materials, gold or other metal alloys.

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