We are passionate about restoring your teeth to their original state using restorative dentistry. Dental fillings are the most common restorative procedure that we perform here at Wooddell & Passaro Dentistry because cavities are the most common issue with teeth. We find that educating our patients on the procedures that we perform can go a long way toward helping them keep their mouth in great shape!
What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are a direct dental restoration that we place on teeth that have suffered from cavities. Cavities are an infection in the tissues of your tooth that are caused by the bacteria that lives within your mouth. This bacteria is typically referred to as plaque and feeds on the sugars, acids, and food particles that are left over in your mouth following a meal. The act of brushing and flossing breaks up and washes away these plaque colonies and helps to keep your teeth and gums clean.
To remove the cavity from your tooth, we will numb the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort, and use a dental drill to remove the infection from your tooth. We will then prepare and place the filling material into the drilled section of the tooth to protect and restore it.
Different Kinds of Dental Fillings
There are two different kinds of dental fillings – amalgam and composite. Both amalgam and composite have their strengths and weaknesses, although most people now prefer composite fillings. Below we will describe the difference between amalgam and composite fillings.
Amalgam Dental Fillings
Amalgam fillings are what most people think about when they consider fillings – they are big, silver colored patches that are almost always placed on the molars. Amalgam is made of an amalgamation of different metals (tin, silver, copper) that we place directly on your tooth and set permanently. Amalgam fillings are notable because of how long they can last an how durable they are. Unfortunately, they require a large amount of the natural tooth to be removed to be successful, and they are not aesthetically pleasing in your smile.
Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings are the predecessor to amalgam fillings. They are made of a mixture of glass, plastic, and a resin that acts as a binding agent. These fillings can be made to match the color of your tooth exactly so that no one will be able to tell you to have a filling. This material is also used in dental bonding procedures, which is both a restorative and cosmetic procedure.
How to Avoid Cavities
The best way to avoid cavities and the need for dental fillings are to take great care of your mouth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. If you have a snack or a meal during the day, try to rinse your mouth out with water if you don’t have access to a toothbrush. A simple water rinse can wash away plaque and food particles, greatly reducing the danger to your teeth.
Please call us today at 410-956-5555 to schedule your appointment.