What Is a Dental Filling?
Approximately 92% of adults have experienced a cavity. Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay, and if left untreated, they can severely damage teeth and lead to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, at Prestige Family Dentistry, Dr. Melika Kashkouli can easily fix them using a routine, a restorative dental treatment called a dental filling, also known as a tooth filling.
A dental filling can be made out of a variety of materials and is used to fill and seal the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth. Dr. Melika Kashkouli quickly, easily, and comfortably removes decay from a tooth before it progresses and in most cases, she uses a tooth-colored (Composite) filling material to fill and replace the missing tooth structure.
Types of Fillings
You are probably most familiar with gold and silver/amalgam fillings, but these are only two of several options you will have if you find yourself with a cavity. Though both gold and amalgam fillings are good options, they also stand out against the pearly whites they are preserving and protecting. Fortunately, there are less obvious alternatives available.
At Prestige Family Dentistry we offer composite resin fillings that are mercury free. Composite tooth fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and fine-glass particles. They last at least five years and match the color of your teeth. They generally cost less than gold fillings but more than amalgam fillings, and they can take up to two appointments to complete.