Your teeth are important. They allow you to eat, smile, and talk with confidence. To keep them healthy, you may have to have parts of a tooth removed. Lucky for you, Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group has a solution that will fill the void so that you can keep your teeth healthy and bright with tooth fillings.
What Is Are Tooth Fillings?
We offer silver and white fillings at our office on any of your teeth. We can also do what's called an inlay or an onlay, which is a filling that is made by a lab or by a milling unit, which we have in the office here, and then cemented into place. They're often prettier than the silver or the white fillings, as well, but we do offer all of those options here.
What Is The Process?
The first step is to remove any decayed material in the area. This is where the whole issue started. Once the decayed portion has been removed, there will be a void in the tooth. If the void is not filled, the structural integrity of the tooth is compromised, and the likelihood that decay will resurface in the area is heightened. Your Hellertown, PA dentist will clean and prepare the area, place a dental filling, and polish it to a shine. Your tooth is now ready to resume doing its job in your mouth.
What Materials Does Hellertown Dental Group Use?
There's a few options for a filling material. Naturally, in the front teeth, people are going to want to have abundant filling, a white filling. But, in the posterior, sometimes if there's not enough tooth structure left to have a filling, then a crown is needed or an onlay or an inlay. We do mostly all porcelain crowns on onlays and inlays today. We don't use a lot of metal for the crowns. We found that the materials today, the zircona are just so much stronger and they work out really well, because of people have gum rescission, you don't see that black line that so commonly makes crown not look very nice after a couple years.
Porcelain – Ceramic porcelain tooth fillings (inlays or onlays) have the ability to last up to 15 years with proper care and hygiene. The look of the porcelain fillings far exceeds the look of silver tooth fillings. They are able to resist staining more easily than resin as well. The one downside is that these types of tooth fillings can be pricey. Your Hellertown, PA dentist will explain the specifics of this type of filling and help you decide if it is the right choice for you.
Composite Resin – Composite resin tooth fillings are made of a tooth-colored material that is used to fill open areas in your tooth where decay has been removed. This material has several awesome benefits over silver amalgam. One of those is appearance. Tooth fillings will look much better than the silver metallic color of amalgam. The resin also fully bonds to the tooth. This adds to the support that the filling provides. This material is very versatile as well and can be used to correct chips and cracks in the tooth. Another health-related benefit is that the preparation of the tooth is less invasive with composite resin tooth fillings. Less material will need to be removed, and more of your original tooth will remain.
Contact our Hellertown, PA dentist office today to schedule your consultation. You can reach us by calling 484-858-0949 or by using our online form. One of our staff members will reach out shortly to confirm your date and time.