Everyone would like to avoid getting a filling, but odds are you’ll need one at some point in your life as about 92% of adults and 42% of children ages 2-11 have had cavities. When you need a filling, you can count on the team at DentalHome to offer options like resins that match your tooth color, and to apply long-lasting fillings at their offices in Duluth and Commerce, Georgia. If it’s time for your six-month checkup or you suspect you have a cavity due to a sensitive or aching tooth, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Before you get a filling, your dentist at DentalHome examines your teeth, reviews your X-rays, and determines the type of anesthetic you may need to stay comfortable. Then your dentist prepares your tooth for the filling by removing all the decay and damaged parts of the tooth and shaping the area as needed to hold the type of filling being used.
The two most commonly used fillings are amalgam and composite resin:
Amalgam fillings consist of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. This type of filling lasts at least 10 years and often longer. It’s also the least expensive and it’s very strong so it works well for molars.
The disadvantages are that amalgams are silver in color, they don’t bond with your tooth, and more tooth is removed to create a secure pocket. Additionally, some people are sensitive or allergic to one or more of the metals.
Composite resin is a mixture of plastic and finely ground ceramic. After the resin is placed in the prepared tooth, it’s hardened using a blue light.
Composite fillings have several advantages over amalgam. One of the most important for many patients is that they match the color of your teeth. Additionally, the resin bonds with your tooth. As a result, your tooth is stronger and less of the tooth is removed. However, composite fillings cost more than amalgam fillings and they don’t last as long.
You’ll get the longest life out of your filling by following basic dental hygiene like brushing and flossing at least twice daily. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, it’s a good idea to talk with your dentist at DentalHome about treating the problem. Both habits cause enough pressure to loosen your fillings.
You may not be able to avoid getting a filling at some point in your lifetime, but you’ll lower your risk if you get a dental checkup every six months. To schedule an appointment, call DentalHome or use the online booking feature.