Dental fillings are used to restore a tooth that has decayed. It can also be used to repair teeth that have been cracked or chipped. A dental filling helps restore the tooth’s original shape, size, and strength. The decayed portions of the tooth are removed during the procedure and then a filling material is used to repair it.
Types of Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings
Amalgam dental fillings have been used for decades. They are made of a mixture that contains silver, copper, tin, and mercury. Amalgam fillings are durable but they are more visible than tooth-colored fillings.
Gold fillings consist of a mixture of metals and are helpful in restoring decayed teeth. They are more durable than composite resin fillings but also more visible.
Tooth-colored fillings blend in naturally and are customized to match the natural color of your teeth. They are strong and durable and can last for many years.
Porcelain fillings are also customizable to match the color of your natural teeth. They are also stain-resistant and preserve more of your natural tooth structure, making them the most conservative type of filling.
Advantages of Dental Fillings
Increased tooth strength: Dental fillings help restore the strength and stability of a tooth after it has been damaged.
Improved tooth appearance: Dental fillings can be customized to blend in seamlessly and enhance your smile’s appearance.
Protection against further decay: Dental fillings help prevent decay and infections.
Quick: You can get your filling procedure done in only one dental appointment.
Dental Filling Procedure
When tooth fillings are needed, our dentist will first numb the tooth and surrounding area. Once this is done, the decayed part of the tooth will be removed. This part of the procedure is called dental “drilling.” After the tooth has been cleaned, the dentist will shape the tooth filling and then harden and polish it to restore the tooth’s shape and function.
Bee Family Dentistry, located in San Antonio, TX, is equipped with the best dental professionals and technologies and provides high-quality, gentle dental care to patients of all ages. Call us today at (210) 690-9430 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bee.