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. 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 tooth decay from spreading. Drs. Drake and Jacobson of Park West Dental in Idaho Falls quickly and easily fill your cavities with dental fillings.
Types of Tooth 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.
Filling options include:
Amalgam fillings: Amalgam tooth fillings are affordable and durable, able to last 10 to 15 years or longer. Because they are made of silver, they do not match the surrounding tooth and may stand out.
Gold fillings: Gold tooth fillings are very durable and last at least 10 to 15 years. Though they don’t match the surrounding tooth, some prefer the coloring and shine to that of amalgam fillings. Gold fillings tend to cost more than other materials.
Composite resin fillings: 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.
Porcelain fillings: Porcelain tooth fillings last approximately five to seven years, with a wide range of pricing. They match the color of your teeth and are more resistant to staining than
Dental Filling Procedure
More than likely you will need a dental filling at some point. Dr. Drake and Jacobson can perform both the removal of the decay and the filling placement in such a way that you will remain comfortable and free of pain. Our team will make sure to answer any questions you have prior to the procedure.
Shortly after receiving a filling, you should be able to do all of the things you normally would do including: eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Although fillings are very durable, most will need to be replaced eventually. How long they last depends heavily on the type of filling you get.
As your Idaho Falls, ID dentists, the staff at Park West Dental is happy to answer any of your questions about fillings. Call 208.932.4607 to learn more or to set up an appointment.