Fillings

Fillings

Introduction

Fillings in Arlington are also used for repairing cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have worn down from misuse.

What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?

The dentist first numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. He will then use a drill for removing the decayed area. Once the decay has been removed, the dentist will prepare the space for filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. After the filling is in, the dentist will finish and polish it.

What Types of Filling Materials are Available?

Cast gold

Advantages:

  • Lasts for 10 to 15 years
  • Doesn’t corrode
  • Aesthetically appealing than silver and amalgam

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Requires additional visits
  • A gold filling placed next to silver amalgam can cause a sharp pain.

Silver-fillings (Amalgams)

Advantages:

  • Lifespan of 10 to 15 years
  • Can withstand chewing forces
  • Less expensive than composite fillings

Disadvantages

  • Destruction of more tooth structure
  • Discoloration
  • Can cause cracks or fracture
  • Risk of allergic reactions

Tooth-colored composite fillings

Advantages:

  • The color of composite can be matched closely with the existing teeth.
  • Offers further support to the tooth
  • Versatile in use
  • Lesser tooth structure is removed

Disadvantages

  • Not as durable
  • Time consuming process
  • May require additional visits
  • Expensive option

Other

  • Ceramics
  • Glass Ionomer

Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Composites?

Most of the dental insurance plans cover the cost of composite up to the price of the silver filling and the patient must pay the difference.

What Are Indirect Fillings?

Indirect fillings are similar to the composite or tooth-colored fillings except that they are made in dental laboratory and need two visits before being placed.

What’s a Temporary Filling and Why Would I Need One?

  • For filling that need more than one appointment
  • Following a root canal

Are Amalgam-Type Fillings Safe?

The amalgams contain toxic substance such as mercury which can cause several diseases.

How Should I Care for My Teeth With Fillings?

You need to care for your teeth with fillings just like your normal teeth with regular brushing and flossing along with regular dental visits. Contact your dentist today to receive more information about dental fillings near you.

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