Dental Fillings and Restorations
Damage to teeth can come from a variety of sources either in the form of a crack, chip, or cavity. In these instances, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible in order to avoid further damage to the teeth or gums. Thankfully, Dental Arts of Hedgesville offers multiple dental filling or restoration options that can restore the appearance and structure of compromised teeth before more damage can occur. We have provided answers to many frequently asked questions regarding dental restorations below.
When Is a Dental Restoration Needed?
Tooth decay is common, and in the earliest stages, it is easily treatable. Some of the more common side effects of a damaged or decayed tooth include:
- Recurring toothache with a throbbing or pulsing pain
- Black spots that can be found on the tooth's surface
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold beverages
What Are The Different Types Of Dental Fillings?
Today, there are many different types of fillings that can be used each coming with their own advantages and disadvantages. Silver amalgam, porcelain, composite resin, gold, or ceramic can be used in treating a cavity or chipped tooth. Our team will help determine which filling is right for you based on price, aesthetics, and functionality.
Recent advances in porcelain teeth have allowed us to use conservative porcelain restorations previously impossible.
- Conservative restorations that require minimal removal of healthy teeth.
- Structure: Porcelain restorations are stronger than Composite fillings and do not shrink when placed, resulting in
less postoperative tooth sensitivity and longer-lasting restorations. Porcelain restorations provide exceptionally authentic restorations.
- Porcelain restorations require 2 appointments.
- This type of restoration comes with a higher price tag.
- Composite fillings can be matched with the color of patients' teeth in order to provide a natural appearance.
- They can bond chemically to the tooth they are being used to treat, which in turn will provide more structure and support.
- Composite fillings are not as strong as alternatives and as a result, can be scratched or chipped over time.
- They do not last as long, reaching a lifespan of around 5 years.
- Due to the way they are applied, it takes longer for the composite to set, meaning more time will be spent at the dentist.
What Are The Risks To Leaving Teeth Untreated?
Failing to properly fill in a tooth can lead to the need for more extreme, and more expensive, procedures. A root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary if tooth infections have reached the pulp. At its worst, infections can spread to other teeth, or render them nonrestorable necessitating their removal.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Take?
The time to receive a dental filling varies depending on the type of filling used. In some cases, multiple visits may be scheduled. Dr. Smith can discuss the exact nature of your procedure during your scheduled consultation visit.