Fillings are perhaps the most common treatment dental treatment, as they are used to repair the damage that decay inflicts on teeth. In other words, fillings are prescribed for treating cavities.
The first step in placing a filling involves removing the dead and decayed tooth structure, after the tooth has been numbed, of course. With the tooth clean and free of decay, a filling is placed to restore the normal anatomy and function of the tooth. Dental fillings come in different materials and different appearances. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and your dentist will review these with you and recommend what filling material is best for your particular situation.
The Friedman Dental Group is proud to be an amalgam-free facility and offers exclusively tooth-colored restorations. The most common of these are known as “composites,” and are used every day to restore routine cavities. Other types of restorations include resin inlays and onlays, as well as a variety of restorations made of porcelain, the most lifelike dental material available.
Composite and porcelain restorations are extremely versatile in their use as they come in different shades, making it easy to match the exact shade of each individuals tooth color. Furthermore, composite fillings exhibit several physical properties that make them highly advantageous compared to older filling materials. Composites expand and contract similarly to the way teeth do in response to environmental changes and are less likely to place physical stresses on the tooth that lead to cracks and breaking.
If you feel that you may have cavities or have old, unsightly fillings that you would like to have replaced, we can help you realize a healthier, more attractive smile through our many different types of aesthetic tooth restorations.