Dental fillings are utilized to help repair existing damage on our teeth. This decay can be caused by numerous factors, including exposure to very acidic or sugary foods and poor dental hygiene. These factors then lead to cavities, which are small holes in the tooth enamel. Once the cavities form, dentists often recommend that their patients receive a dental filling. This procedure is very quick and precise and will eliminate the risk of infection forming in the gums or teeth.
The procedure is completed in a few steps, the first of which is to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Patients will receive local anesthetic so that they do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will then use a small drill to remove the portion of the enamel on the tooth that has deteriorated and will then make sure that the portion inside the tooth is clean and ready for the filling to be added. After it has been determined that the tooth does not contain infection or bacteria, the dentist will then fill the tooth with either a composite filling or an amalgam filling, depending on the patient’s preference. Both of these are excellent options, but they differ in the following ways:
- A composite filling is made of resin. This resin is white in color, very similar to the existing teeth, which is one of the most natural-looking filling options.
- An amalgam filling is made of metal and is typically silver in color. While the amalgam filling does not match the existing teeth, the metals are very strong and provide a longer-lasting solution to the cavity.
While the filling options do differ slightly, either option is an excellent way to remedy a cavity. At Peninsula Family Dental Center, the skilled dental staff will help patients find the best solution to their cavities and will provide fillings that are made to be long-lasting. Fillings are a simple, painless solution to cavities and your friendly Soldotna dentist will be happy to check for cavities during routine dental check ups and cleanings.
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