Dental restoration, or dental filling, refers to treatments used to restore integrity and function to a missing or damaged tooth structure.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Restoration?
Your normal dental exams are the ideal time for our highly trained dental hygienists to inspect your mouth for any discolored, chipped, or cracked teeth. Your restoration may be completed during your appointment depending on the type of restoration needed.
What is a Dental Restoration?
The main goal of a dental restoration is to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. There are two types of dental restoration, direct and indirect. Direct restoration, the most common, can be completed during on dental visit and consist of filling the area of the tooth needing restoration. Indirect restorations will take more than one appointment to complete and consist of onlays, inlays, and crowns.
What is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are used to restore a tooth to its normal function and shape when it’s been damaged by decay. Once your dental filling is placed it will become harder for tooth decay to appear in that spot again. There are various types of fillings available for our patients to choose from.
- Amalgam fillings are silver fillings that are relatively inexpensive. Most patients will choose these for back molars that are not visible when they smile.
- Composite fillings are matched to your natural tooth’s color and are the most common choice when dealing with teeth that others will see.
- Gold fillings are the most expensive options, but they also can last the longest. They are created in a lab and then need to be cemented into place.
- Porcelain fillings are created in a lab to match your natural tooth’s color and then bonded to the tooth.
Ready to learn more about our Family Dental Care restoration options? Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.