Composite Fillings in Garland, TX
If you have decay in part of your tooth and want to prevent further decay, you can get Fillings. Your dentist will remove the decayed or deteriorated area of the tooth and then fill the area where the decayed tissue once existed.
Now, let’s discuss the different types of dental fillings available today.
- Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are constructed of a resin and plastic substance inserted into the cavity when it's still soft and subsequently solidified under a strong blue light. It's popular as it matches the color of a patient's natural teeth, making it less noticeable than a silver amalgam filling. They should be updated every 5 - 7 years on average.
- Glass Fillings
These fillings made of glass and acrylic are ideal for toddlers whose teeth are still developing. They contain fluoride, which might try to secure teeth from decay. However, because they are substantially weaker than resin composites and are more susceptible to shatter or wear out, they typically only last a few years.
- Ceramic Fillings
Fillings are made of porcelain material and are long-lasting and appealing to the eye. They are more pricey than composite resin fillings, but they're tooth-colored and impervious to discoloration and abrasion.
- Gold Fillings
Gold fillings are costly and uncommon, which should come as no surprise. They typically only last a few years. A dentist who will recommend gold as an alternative can be challenging. Furthermore, the appropriate placement of a gold filling necessitates more sessions. Gold fillings are long-lasting, do not deteriorate, and last up to 20 years.
- Silver Amalgam Fillings
The most well-known kind of filling is this one. Silver amalgam alloy comprises 40 percent silver, 32 percent tin, 30 percent copper, and a minor amount of mercury. It's sturdy, long-lasting, and inexpensive. The average silver amalgam filling will last 12 years, and blood and saliva do not readily corrode silver amalgam.
After a filling is placed, you may feel a sense of sensitivity to pressure, air, sweet foods, or temperatures. Usually, a sense of sensitivity leaves on its own with time. Until then, stay away from the source of your sensitivity. Taking pain medication is typically unnecessary.
See your dentist if the sensitivity persists after four to six weeks or even if your tooth is susceptible. They may propose using a desensitizing toothpaste, applying a desensitizing chemical to the tooth, or performing a root canal.
At TruCare Dental, we provide dental solutions to improve your oral health while transforming smiles. Please contact us to make an appointment.