Restoring your teeth to the fullest at Arden Park Dental Care
This is followed by inserting filling materials into the cleaned and prepared cavity, which will restore the tooth back to a shape and structure that can function normally. In addition to restoring shape and functionality, a filling also helps to prevent further decay by sealing open spaces on the teeth where bacteria could have entered.
What are the different types of fillings?
There are different types of fillings available. Since it is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to fillings, it is important that you consult an experienced and skilled dentist to determine what treatment option is best suited for you. Dr. Formoli has over two decades of experience in dealing with all dental procedures including fillings. She will perform a full evaluation of your oral health and will recommend one of the following options for you:
One of the most commonly used fillings, porcelain fillings are also known as inlays and onlays. They are created in laboratories to match your unique requirements, and Dr. Formoli will bond them to your tooth. Generally, they cover most of your tooth and can be made to match the color of your original, natural teeth. This type of filling is less likely to stain over time. They have the advantage of being stronger than composite fillings but also tend to be pricier.
These fillings feature a combination of glass or quartz filler and are best for those who wish to achieve a natural appearance because they can match the natural color of your teeth. The ingredients are placed into your cavity directly, and they harden in time. They are fairly durable and are ideal for small to mid-size restorations.
What should I expect during a filling?
During your consultation at Arden Park Dental Care, the dentist will perform a full evaluation of your oral health, take x-rays if needed, talk to you about the procedure and complete the dental work. It is common before filling cavities, for the dentist to numb your mouth to avoid and lessen discomfort during the procedure. Following this, the dentist will remove the decayed section of tooth, which only takes a few minutes. This area of tooth is then replaced with the filling. There are no significant risks associated with filling cavities but your mouth will probably remain numb for a couple of hours. The treated tooth will now return to full form and functionality and you will be able to resume normal activities with it.