Tooth fillings are a way to fix and restore damaged teeth and bring them back to their normal shape and function. Your dentist will first clean out and remove the decay. The hollowed tooth cavity can then be filled to close off the hollows and spaces where bacteria could otherwise enter, thrive and further cause tooth decay.
- Tooth filling materials have varied as dentistry continues to advance. Here is a historical look at varying materials that have been used for tooth fillings.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are often used for their affordability, and they can last a long time. However, many choose not to use amalgam due to the ease of noticing the color difference against the white of a tooth.
- Yes, it’s true. Gold can be used for a tooth filling. Gold fillings are produced in a lab, and they can also last decades. However, they are easily noticeable and expensive, too.
- Porcelain fillings are less noticeable, durable, and stain resistant.
- Composite resins are often preferable these days, as they can be used to make tooth colored fillings.
The application of tooth fillings depends on the severity of the tooth damage. Some cavities that have been left unaddressed for too long may require a crown or root canal instead. A visit to your dentist will determine if getting a dental filling is the best dental procedure.