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What Are Dental Fillings?

By Sweet Tooth Dental
November 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Although tooth decay is never good news, it's simple to treat with dental fillings. Dr. Garrett fillingsB.K. Oka, your Kailua Kona, HI, dentist, shares information about dental fillings.

Why do I need a filling?

Tooth decay will continue to spread if it isn't removed. Removing the decayed area is essential in preventing the spread of bacteria. Fillings restore and seal teeth, preventing a bacterial attack.

What types of fillings can your Kailua Kona, HI, dentist make available to you?

Although silver fillings were once the only option, several new types of fillings have been introduced in recent years. The type of filling you receive may depend on the location of the tooth and your preferences. Common filling types include:

  • Composite Resin: In years past, there was no way to hide a filled tooth. Thanks to composite resin fillings, your filled tooth will look no different than your untreated teeth. Flexible composite resin is available in a variety of shades designed to match the color of your teeth.
  • Porcelain: Porcelain fillings are also tooth-colored and are very stain resistant. They're made in a laboratory or in-house using computerized technology. Porcelain fillings don't react to temperature changes, which can reduce cracking of filled teeth.
  • Cast Gold: Cast gold fillings are a good choice if you want a long-lasting filling material. These fillings are just as noticeable as silver amalgam fillings, but some people find the gold color appealing.
  • Glass Ionomer: Glass ionomer fillings are often used to fill cavities on teeth roots and front teeth. These teeth-colored fillings look like natural tooth enamel but don't last quite as long as other filling types.

Don't let tooth decay ruin your smile! Fillings offer the ideal way to restore your smile. Call Dr. Garrett B.K. Oka, your Kailuna Kona, HI, dentist, at (803) 329-0889 to schedule an appointment.

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