Most people will need at least one dental filling within a lifetime, and most will require quite a few more. Fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities. They are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, and/or teeth that have been worn down over time due to grinding or just wear.
At City Square Dental we use all the latest systems and equipment to help make the experience as comfortable as possible for patients of any age group. Once your treatment is complete, we’ll talk you through how to keep your mouth healthy and prevent any further decay or cavities.
Traditional dental restorations, or fillings, include gold, composite, ceramic, plastic, or porcelain materials. The material is picked for its durability and the size and the scope of the job it needs to complete. For fillings that occur closer to the front of the mouth, we suggest using porcelain or plastic as we can match the color of the tooth more closely. When picking the material, your dentist (and you!) must consider:
- Components used in the material (allergies)
- Amount necessary
- Where will the filling be
- The chewing load the tooth will take
Before the appointment begins, we will discuss your options and help you choose the best filling for your case – depending on those factors and of course how much you can spend. We will also discuss the two basic types of dental fillings:
Direct Fillings are fillings placed in a single visit. These are typically used to shallow cavities or those that do not require special skills. Expect your dentist to prepare the tooth, place the filling, and adjust it all in on appointment that should take no longer than an hour.
Indirect Fillings require at least two, but possible more, visits. These fillings typically include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites. You will have to make an appointment for an impression and the placement of a temporary cover. Your impression will then be sent to a laboratory. At your second appointment, your dentist will adjust the inlay so that it fits properly.
The longer you wait to get a filling, the worse the procedure could be. We can often get you appointments very quickly after you call our office at 289 521-2555.