Have you ever wondered how strong your teeth really are? They’re incredibly tough, as you use them for decades chewing food several times a day. But even the strongest teeth succumb to wear and tear. They may also be damaged due to improper maintenance like brushing and flossing your teeth and getting a professional teeth cleaning at least once every 6 months.

Types of Fillings

There are several types of materials that can be used for fillings. Metallic fillings such as gold or amalgam fillings may be used because they’re very durable. However, the metallic color doesn’t look very natural, and gold in particular is not an easy material to use.

Usually, we will use tooth-colored resin especially for the more prominent teeth, although the resin may not last as long as other materials so they’re not the best for larger cavities. Porcelain can also be used because they’re natural-looking fillings, but making them in a laboratory can take some time.

The choice of fillings depends on several factors. Your budget needs to be considered because some types of fillings are more affordable than others. The selection also depends on where the tooth is located, the size of the cavities, and if you have any particular allergies to certain materials for fillings.

Do You Need Fillings?

We can find out if you need fillings when you come in for a checkup. We will check if your cavities need fillings. We sometimes use X-rays so that we can check the state of your teeth without missing any small cavities. The fillings can cover up the cavities so that bacteria can’t come in, and at the same time the fillings can also make your teeth look a lot better.

If you have some fillings already, we can inspect them to see if they need to be fixed. They may have become worn down which means you’ll need new fillings to replace them.

Putting in the fillings will start with the application of local anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain. We will then use various tools such as drills to remove the parts of your teeth that are already decayed. After we clean the teeth thoroughly, we will then add the fillings.

f you notice that your teeth have cavities, your dentist can cover them with fillings so that the damage to your teeth doesn’t get worse. The fillings can also improve your smile.