Fillings are one of the most common of all dental procedures. Most patients, at one point or another during the course of their lifetimes, will require a filling. For many years, silver amalgam was the filling material used by most dentists. But over the past several years, tooth-colored filling material has become increasingly popular. Both of these materials are extremely strong and intended to last for many years.
Inlays and onlays are dental crowns that are typically used on teeth located at the very back of the patient’s mouth. If a tooth cannot be repaired by a filling, an inlay or onlay is often a good choice. Similar to fillings, inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of different materials.
We are pleased to provide fillings, inlays and onlays to our patients.
Important Information about Filling Materials
Silver amalgam was originally chosen as the best material for fillings because of its strength. That still holds true today. But after many years, silver amalgam eventually turns the surrounding tooth very dark in color, which is why porcelain dental material has become increasingly popular. Porcelain can be made to very closely match the color of the patient’s existing teeth and blend in. Both materials are available for fillings, and both are extremely strong and durable.
The Procedure Involved with Fillings
No matter what type of filling material you prefer, the procedure involved in getting a filling is the same. Your dentist begins by removing any decay present, then filling the tooth with filling material, and finally making certain that your bite is as natural as it was to begin with.
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For more information about fillings, as well as inlays and onlays, contact our office today.