A filling restores a tooth that has been damaged. Although decay is the main culprit for tooth damage, it is not the only reason you might need a filling. Other causes that require fillings include broken teeth, nail-biting, misuse of your teeth, and grinding.
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When we restore your tooth with a filling, it is a painless procedure. First, we numb the area with local anesthesia and carefully remove all bacteria and decay that may have formed. Afterward, we put the filling into the cleaned area and shape it to fit your bite.
Types of Fillings
There are two kinds of fillings that Dr. Strandburg uses, tooth-colored and metal. Dr. Strandburg will choose the best material for your tooth based on where your decayed tooth is and the extent of the repair.
Metal fillings are offered in two types of material:
- Amalgam fillings are a silver-color and are used most frequently for back teeth.
- Cast gold is the most expensive filling, but can last longer than other filling materials.
Tooth-colored fillings are offered in three kinds of material:
- Composite provides a natural look and is often used for front teeth.
- Porcelain is strong and aesthetic but is more expensive than composite.
- Glass ionomer is translucent and blends well with the natural tooth color. They also release small amounts of fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.
People respond differently to the material used in fillings. After a filling, some people experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. The feeling of sensitivity usually goes away within a few days. If the sensitivity remains, call Dr. Strandburg and he can help you determine your next steps.
Fillings can last 15 years or longer. However, some need to be replaced after just a couple years. Replacing a filling is often necessary if it cracks from too much pressure, wears out due to grinding, or falls out.