Dental Fillings in Aurora CO
Dental fillings are necessary to repair teeth that are damaged by decay or trauma. Here at Mile High Dentistry, we offer a variety of options to accommodate a wide range of situations.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are several different types of dental fillings. The decision regarding which filling material the dentist uses depends on the patient’s unique situation. Various factors that must be considered include the size of the decayed area, the location of the tooth, and the cost involved. Various types of fillings are described below.
Silver Fillings (Amalgam): Amalgam fillings have been in use for more than 100 years and are preferred for filling large, pressure-bearing teeth like molars where most chewing occurs. Comprised of a variety of metals, amalgam fillings are an excellent option for minimizing the wear caused by eating. One drawback of amalgam fillings is their noticeable color, which darkens over time.
Composite Fillings: Composite fillings, a combination of plastic and resin, are often preferred because they match the color of natural teeth. While these fillings are not the right choice for large cavities and they tend to last for a shorter time than amalgam due to their lack of durability, with proper care composite fillings can last nearly as long as other materials. Because they match the natural tooth color, composite fillings can stain just like natural teeth.
Gold Fillings (Inlays): Inlays are produced in a lab and later cemented to the damaged tooth.
Inlays are durable and can last for a long time. Due to the costly materials used, inlays are the most expensive option available.
Porcelain Fillings: Like inlays, porcelain fillings are made in a lab. In the case of porcelain, they are crafted to match the color of your teeth. One benefit of porcelain fillings is they resist stains better than composite fillings. In terms of durability, porcelain fillings are comparable to inlays.
Replacement of Dental Fillings
It’s common for dental fillings to break or crack. You may not see a crack in a filling, but you might notice it in the form of sensitivity when consuming very cold or very hot foods. You could also feel pain in a particular tooth when chewing. If that happens and the tooth already has a filling, chances are that it needs to be replaced. In some cases, a filling in need of replacement feels rougher than normal. This may indicate that the filling has been chipped or is broken. Any of these symptoms warrant a visit to our office here in Aurora, Colorado.
Remember, when issues like tooth decay or damaged fillings are left untreated, more extensive damage is likely to occur. It’s best to address the problem before it extends beyond the enamel and into the pulp of your tooth. At Mile High Dentistry, we are eager to answer any questions you have about dental fillings and other procedures, so call us today at (303) 745-3182 so that we can help you keep your smile in tip-top shape!