When a tooth begins to show signs of decay, the decay needs to be removed to avoid further damage to the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, a cavity is left that needs to be filled. Tooth fillings are a common treatment that is quick and easy. Tooth fillings are durable and made to last. Fillings help seal the tooth and protect it from sensitivity, allowing it to still function as a normal tooth. There are a few different types of fillings you can choose from. Your dentist can help you choose the best fit for your smile and your dental needs.
Most commonly, porcelain fillings are recommended for the front area of the mouth. Porcelain fillings are made out of ceramic and plastic compounds. Their color resembles that of natural teeth helping them to blend in with your smile. They are able to resist stains and provide a solution without taking attention away from your natural smile.
Gold fillings are long-lasting and will not wear away over time. They can withstand hard chewing and are very strong. These can be a more expensive option and may require more than one office visit.
Composite fillings blend in well with your natural smile. They can also be used to restore chipped or damaged teeth. These fillings can be color-matched to your surrounding teeth to help them look more natural.
Temporary fillings are only meant to solve a dental problem for a short time. Typically they will last about a month, making them a perfect solution for a dental emergency, such as helping stop a toothache. They can also be used for a temporary solution while a permanent filling is being made.
If you are interested in tooth fillings and live in the Boynton Beach, FL area, call our office today to schedule a consultation!