One of the most common procedures that patients receive is a dental filling. When a tooth has a cavity, a fracture, or a crack, a filling is the best way to repair the issue and prevent future issues from occurring. Having a simple tooth filling can often prevent further issues, such as the need for a root canal. Skipping a cavity and waiting till there is an issue can often lead to much more invasive and expensive procedures.
There are two main types of fillings that patients receive, and each has specific issues they are better at fixing. First, classic dental amalgam fillings. They are made from a combination of metals and are most often used for molars and teeth that are less visible since the metal fillings are less aesthetically appealing.
For many patients, composite fillings are the best bet. These tooth-colored fillings can be made to blend seamlessly with nearly every shade of tooth, making them far less visible. For teeth in the smile window, white tooth fillings help to ensure your smile is still bright and white.
For patients with a lot of metal fillings, there is often a way to restore those teeth with composite fillings. If there are extensive metal fillings to replace, your dentist may also recommend a dental crown to restore the strength and natural beauty of the tooth.
Much like other dental appliances, dental fillings are not permanent and will have to be replaced at some point. They are, however, very durable and can last for many years with proper oral care.