Even for those who follow a solid oral hygiene program, unsightly or painful cavities can erupt.
Cavities happen when bacteria in your mouth, based on the foods you eat, creates an acid that builds up on your teeth.
Consider these facts:
- cavities are the #1 chronic disease of children and adults
- among 14 to 17-year-olds, tooth decay is four times more common than asthma
- 9 out of 10 adults, over the age of 20, suffer from some type of tooth decay
Fillings are the only way to stop tooth decay. By filling a cavity—or hole in your tooth, your tooth is preserved. Fillings are the most common dental service a dentist provides.
There are several different types of fillings to consider:
Amalgam – according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. Dental amalgams are strong and long-lasting and are the least expensive type of filling, however, approximately 50% of amalgam fillings are made up of mercury. The FDA considers amalgam fillings to be safe, yet, this silver-colored filling turns dark and can become noticeable through time.
Composite – a composite filing combines powdered glass with an acrylic resin. This filling can be made to match your other teeth, making it appear as though you are cavity-free, which is why this type of filling continues to rise in popularity. On the other hand, this filling is not as durable as an amalgam, so caution should be used when deciding where composite fillings should be placed, as in avoiding teeth that are primarily used when biting into hard surfaces. And, typically, a composite filling is used to fill smaller cavities for the same reason.
Gold – also referred to as inlays or onlays, gold fillings are some of the most durable and long-lasting type of fillings available. They are also some of the most expensive. This type of filling is also based on an impression of your tooth, so multiple visits are common.
Porcelain – equal to gold fillings, porcelain fillings also require more than one visit and are pricey. Unlike gold fillings, porcelain fillings are much more fragile. But the greatest benefit is found in the fact that they look so much like your own teeth that it’s hard to tell the difference.
Resin/Glass Ionomer – also referred to as sealants, this type of filling is often used on primary teeth and to fill in small areas of tooth decay. This type of filling is also used in places not associated with extreme pressure or intense chewing.
If you find you are becoming self-conscious about a cracked, broken, decayed, or worn tooth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with white dental fillings and/or dental crowns. Each of these fillings can meet your needs and help you maintain the bright, white smile you desire while restoring your oral health at the same time.
Call Midtown Dentistry today at 918.743.8539, and let us help you select the type of fillings you need to have the look you desire.