According to some estimates, more than 90% of American adults have some form of tooth decay. At Loveland Dental Group, the experienced team of dental professionals regularly treats decay, or cavities, with fillings. With locations in High Point, Cornelius, Concord, Winston-Salem and Mooresville, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina, the team also uses fillings made from different materials, such as composite resin, porcelain, gold, or amalgam, to replace sections of missing or damaged teeth. If you think you may need a filling, call the office or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment.
What is a dental filling?
Dental Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used to replace sections of teeth that are missing, damaged or decayed. They’re most commonly used to treat cavities, which are small holes that form in your teeth as a result of decay. Fillings are molded restorations that help reshape or resize your teeth to help achieve a natural-looking appearance and prevent future decay.
What are dental fillings made of?
While traditional dental materials like gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite resin successfully restore teeth, recent advances in dental technology have created a wider and improved selection of restorative choices available.
Some of the newest state-of-the-art filling materials, including ceramic and the latest composite materials, are not only strong and durable, but they also offer the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results. However, there are different price points and benefits associated with each.
The team can help you sift through your options and better understand what’s best for you and your smile.
How does the procedure for a dental filling work?
Generally, a dental filling procedure is very simple and can be completed in under an hour. First, the team evaluates your situation and helps you decide on what type of filling is best for you.
Then, using a putty-like substance, your dentist carefully molds the filling onto your affected tooth. They use special dental instruments to shape it to perfectly match your original tooth. A final polish helps smooth out the surface.
How long does a dental filling last?
The longevity of your filling depends largely on you. It can also depend on the type of material you chose for your filling. For instance, certain materials — such as gold — may be more long-lasting, despite not blending in with the rest of your smile.
On average, fillings should last about 7-10 years. Remember to continue brushing, flossing, and coming in for regular cleanings and checkups. Also, try to avoid foods like hard candies that can potentially crack your filling.
To schedule a consultation at Loveland Dental Group and find out more about fillings, call the office or use the online booking tool today.