Tooth fillings are traditional restorations most commonly made of silver amalgam. The durability and strength of this tried-and-true dental material make it appropriate for fixing decayed or damaged teeth. Silver amalgam is suitable to withstand the extreme chewing forces of back teeth.
More modern fillings include tooth-colored plastic and ceramic compounds. These newer materials mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Also known as composite resins, these white fillings are often used to repair and restore the front teeth. This is where aesthetic appeal is more important. However, composite fillings can also be used on the back teeth, but it depends on the extent of decay and location of the damage.
Dental Fillings in Carlsbad
Fillings at Smiles for Health replace the damaged, worn or decayed portion of teeth. Once in place, a dental filling will protect the tooth structure and prevent further damage. As a result, the restoration will save the tooth from extraction. Traditionally, fillings were made from metal. Today, there is a range of dental fillings in use, including silver amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. Also, the filling procedure is essentially pain-free, thanks to local anesthesia.
Dr. Zorro uses fillings most often to fix cavities. To place a filling, the decay is first removed, and the gap is closed with dental material. So, dental fillings end the progression of decay and reinforce the weakened tooth structure.
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Types of Dental Fillings in Carlsbad
At Smiles for Health, your Carlsbad dentist may recommend either a direct or an indirect dental filling. First, direct fillings are placed in one visit. The tooth is prepared, and the filling material of choice is put in place. Next, two or more appointments are needed to apply indirect fillings. This type of restoration includes veneers, inlays, and onlays. When there is extensive damage to the tooth structure, a traditional filling cannot support it. Also, there may not be enough damage to warrant a dental crown. In those cases, indirect fillings are the best option to restore a damaged or decayed tooth.