Get Filled in On Fillings
Taking care of our teeth is not only important for our health but our self-confidence as well. No matter if you’re dealing with a tooth extraction or the simple cavity, our dentists can truly help repair our self-esteem after dealing with a less than stellar smile.
Sometimes, our teeth issues require fillings. When talking to a friend about her experience at the dentist, I was surprised to learn that there are many different types of dental fillings. I decided to research more about them out of pure curiosity — see what I found!
What are Fillings?
A filling is a dentist’s way to repair meat that has been largely damaged by plaque. Over time, cavities can wear down a tooth from its original size and shape. Filling — you guessed it — fill in the tooth and restore it back to its original shape.
Different Types of Fillings
The different types of fillings are separated by what they’re made out of:
- Gold fillings
Many experts consider gold the best filling material because the metal can last for decades. However, gold fillings are more expensive than other filling materials and require extensive dental work to install. Additionally, gold fillings are also very noticeable and do not blend in with the rest of your teeth.
- Silver fillings
Another metal used for dental fillings is silver. Sometimes you’ll notice that these fillings are referred to as amalgam fillings. While this type of filling is relatively cheap, it is very noticeable.
- Composite Fillings
According to Dental Expressions, composite fillings are desired by those who wish for their filling to blend in with the rest of their teeth — so mostly everyone Composite fillings are made up of plastic resin that is designed to mimic the color of the rest of the teeth. These types of fillings are among the most common due to their ability to blend in with the other teeth and their relatively cheap cost.
- Porcelain Fillings
Porcelain fillings also blend in with the rest of the teeth and maybe a better option for some in comparison to composite fillings because they are more resistant to staining. However, these fillings are more expensive than composite fillings.
Getting a Filling
If you believe that a filling is the best option for your teeth, make sure to speak with your dentist to make sure a filling is the best option for you. Your doctor will likely do a check-up examination and maybe examine your teeth with an x-ray to get the most complete picture possible.
After deciding that a filling is the best course of action for your situation, your dentist will clean out the cavity and clear the tooth of any additional plaque so the problem does not resurface again in the future. Once the cleaning process is done, the tooth is filled in with any of the above materials until it is restored back to its original size and shape.