Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

Answers to Your 6 Biggest Questions About Dental Fillings

Posted in Fillings

You know what dental fillings are but somehow, they’re still a mystery to you because you’ve never had one! Clear up the confusion with these answers to six of the biggest questions about fillings.

  1. Why Do I Need a Filling?

Dental fillings replace tooth material that’s been lost to cavities. This reinforces the tooth and prevents the cavity from turning into an abscess or infecting other teeth.

  1. Do Dental Fillings Hurt?

Tooth decay can hurt, but getting a filling doesn’t have to. The dentist will ensure that your tooth is numb before starting to drill. You won’t feel anything more than a little pressure.

  1. Are Dental Fillings Expensive?

The cost of a filling depends on where you get it, which tooth needs the filling, how big the cavity is, and which material your filling is made of. You may have dental insurance that covers the entire cost of a filling. Ultimately, getting your tooth filled is cheaper than waiting too long and having a root canal or extraction.

  1. How Long Will My Dental Fillings Last?

Dental fillings typically last five to ten years. It all depends on how strong the surrounding tooth is and how well you take care of your fillings.

  1. What Are Dental Fillings Made From?

Dental restorations are made from a variety of materials including: silver amalgam, gold, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and plastic blends.

  1. Will Anyone Notice That I Have a Filling?

As long as you opt for a composite filling made from a tooth-colored filling material, no one will ever know it’s there!

Would you like to learn more about fillings? For the answers to your other questions about restorative dentistry, contact a dentist near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Sep
9

Can You Change Out Your Metal Fillings for White Ones?

Posted in Fillings

Sick of having all of your silver dental work show when you smile? Multiple metal fillings are a thing of the past! You might be interested in changing out your existing dental work for some tooth-colored restorations that blend in better with your smile’s natural color.

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Dental Fillings

Aside from appearances, there are several advantages that white composite fillings have over metal ones:

  • Bond with tooth enamel to create a stronger seal
  • Are more conservative than metal fillings
  • Mercury-free

Most dentists now prefer placing white fillings right from the start instead of metal ones. So, if you need any new restorations, you can certainly request to get ones that match your natural teeth.

Why You Should Wait to Change Out Your Dental Work

Despite the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, there’s no need to hurry to replace your current metal ones. Silver restorations in back teeth might still have several years left in them. It’s best to replace these fillings once they’ve started to show signs of wear.

Replacing dental fillings needlessly can weaken your tooth. Rather, it’s best to replace silver fillings with white ones only as necessary.

Are White Fillings Just as Good as Metal Ones?

Yes, tooth-colored dental fillings are durable and reliable. They can add many years to a tooth’s lifespan. Upgrading from silver restorations to white ones is usually a very worthwhile investment.

If you’d like a whiter and younger-looking smile, then replacing your metal fillings with white ones is a great way to do so. Check in with a restorative dentist first, however, to make sure that now is a good time to make the change.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Apr
17

Dentists Debunk the “Soft Teeth” Myth

Posted in Fillings

Everyone on your dad/mom’s side of the family has “soft teeth” so that explains why you get so many cavities and need lots of dental fillings.

Or does it?

What Soft Teeth Really Are

There is a condition that causes soft tooth enamel. It’s called amelogenesis imperfecta and it’s a tooth development disorder. The complication results in unusually small dark-colored teeth that are prone to damage.

According to one estimate, only 1 in 14,000 people in the United States have this condition, so it’s not a common thing to have actual “soft teeth.”

If your teeth look normal otherwise, then that means there’s something else making you prone to tooth decay.

The Cause of Tooth Decay

Cavities are caused by a kind of bacteria that feed on the sugar you eat. These germs turn this sugar into acid, which wears holes into tooth enamel. More bacteria move into those holes and continue eating away at teeth.

Everyone has this kind of bacteria in their mouths. So why do you get more cavities than most people you know?

There are a few lifestyle factors that can increase your cavity rate.

Perhaps you need to brush and floss more to keep up with the bacterial growth. Your diet might be high in sugars and acids that speed up the decay process. Maybe you have dry mouth from a medication that you take. Or you may have put off treating a cavity long enough that the contagious infection has spread to infect other teeth.

Whatever the cause, it’s probably not due to soft teeth! Visit a dentist to find out how you can lower your risk for tooth decay and prevent more cavities in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Dec
5

What Kind of Material is Used in Dental Fillings?

Posted in Fillings

A dental filling can be used to patch up worn, cracked, or broken parts of a tooth if the structure allows for it. But more commonly, fillings repair areas of a tooth that have been eaten away by decay.

What materials might your dentist use to fill a tooth?

Silver Amalgam

Classic silver fillings are probably what come to mind when you think about repairing a cavity. These restorations are made from a mix (amalgam) of materials including copper, silver, mercury, tin, and zinc.

While these restorations last a long time, they’re falling out of favor because they can be harsh on teeth.

Composite Resin

A plastic-based tooth-colored material, composite resin is the most popular filling option. Tooth colored fillings look great, fills in nicely, and is more compatible with tooth structure than amalgam.

Glass Ionomer

These fillings have elements of glass and acrylic in them. While often too brittle to support a lot of chewing force, glass ionomer restorations do have the benefit of releasing fluoride into your tooth.

Gold

A gold alloy filling will last you the longest. But it’s also likely to be your most expensive option. It’s also only worth considering if you like the look of gold teeth.

Which kind of filling you need will be decided by considering a few factors:

  • Where the cavity is
  • How far the decay reached
  • What other restorations are already in your mouth
  • Where in your mouth the tooth is located
  • How much you (or your insurance company) are willing to spend

Your dentist will be your best guide in determining the filling material that’s right for your tooth. Schedule a dental appointment if you suspect you have a cavity.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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