Chances are that you’ll need at least one tooth filled during your life. The dental filling procedure is usually used to fill cavities; however, they can also be used for repairing cracked or broken or repairing teeth that have been worn down over time.
The dental filling process usually involves:
- Numbing the area of treatment with a topical anesthetic
- Removing decay from the problem tooth
- Restoring tooth using amalgam or composite filling
- Checking teeth alignment with a bite check
Doctor Aram Cazazian at Bayside Family Dentistry in Bayside, NY will make sure you are comfortable at all times during the procedure and is more than happy to answer all the questions you might have.
Which type of filling is best?
There is no one-size-fits-all filling that’s perfect for everyone. The best filing type for you will be decided at Bayside Family Dentistry when the doctor looks to see the extent of repair needed. It will depend on where the filling needs to be in the mouth, what kind of filling you can afford, and whether you’re allergic to certain fillings.
- Gold fillings are created in a laboratory and are made to order and then cemented in place. Gold inlays are usually tolerated by sensitive gums and can last upwards of twenty years. Because of this, many people consider them the best. However, they are also the most expensive option available.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are generally resistant to wear and tear and are pretty affordable. Because of their darkened color, they are more noticeable than other fillings and typically aren’t worn in visible areas.
- Composite (plastic) resins are created to match the shade of your teeth and generally used wherever a noticeable tooth is. The ingredients are mixed together and then poured into the cavity where they’ll then harden. They aren’t ideal for large fillings as they are more prone to chip and wear.
- Porcelain fillings (inlays or onlays) are created in a lab and then put on the tooth. They can be made to match the shade of your tooth, and they are typically stain resistant. They usually cover most of your tooth. Like gold, they are fairly expensive in comparison to the other models.