Dr. Greg DeVor, DDS, recognizes the importance of dental fillings to prevent damage to the structure of your teeth and to prevent oral pain. Dental fillings are used to repair a tooth that's been damaged by injury or decay. Our dentistry clinic offers several options for filling materials for your fillings.
Dental Fillings Procedure
At the beginning of the dental filling process, you'll be given a numbing agent in the area. The dentist then uses a laser, a drill, or air abrasion to remove the decayed material from the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, the created space can be filled using a variety of materials, depending upon the location of the cavity and aesthetic goals desired.
Types of Tooth Fillings
We offer a variety of treatments
for overall dental health. Different filling materials are available to suit the needs of each patient. Our fillings include:
Composite is a resin with a consistency similar to modeling clay. The dentist puts it into the tooth to fill the space, then cures the resin with a special light. Strong and durable, composite resembles the color of natural teeth.
Also known as temporary fillings, sedative fillings are a temporary solution used when the decay is extensive. The material helps to soothe the nerves deep in the tooth while allowing the natural healing process to begin. Temporary fillings are, as the name suggests, replaced at a later visit with the permanent filling material.
Amalgam has been in use for over 180 years. It's a safe mixture of metals that, when they come together, go through a chemical process that results in hardening. Amalgam fillings last a long time but are silver in color, making them best for use in the back of the mouth.
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Fillings
Ceramic is a durable, long-lasting material that typically requires less space to get a "hold" when placed in a tooth. It requires less material to be removed from the tooth and can last up to 15 years. In addition, ceramic is less noticeable than metal options.
Composite, metal-free fillings are a more environmentally friendly choice of filling that can be tinted to match the natural color of the teeth. They are best suited to the front teeth, where silver or gold fillings will be more noticeable.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
Although not as strong as composites and amalgam fillings, glass ionomer fillings are attractively colored to match the natural tooth, making them a good choice for the front teeth. They're not suitable for biting surfaces but are durable enough for non-load-bearing areas of the teeth, so they're most commonly used on the surfaces of front teeth for a discrete solution to cavities that don't affect the structure and strength of the tooth.
We understand that many of our patients have had negative experiences with dental fillings at other dentists. If you're still suffering from pain after having a dental filling elsewhere, we can help. With a variety of options available, you can get the right filling for your tooth and avoid further damage from tooth decay in a comfortable environment.
Our clinic accepts a variety of insurance plans
. Call Greg DeVor, DDS, today, and schedule your appointment.