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The bacteria in plaque produce acids that erode tooth enamel- eventually creating a hole- or cavity, in the tooth surface. Left untreated, this decay can spread to the interior of the tooth, and might lead to the need for a crown, a root canal, or even extraction. When caught early, your dentist can treat your cavity conservatively by restoring your tooth’s function and appearance with a filling.

What kind of filling do you need? Your choice of restoration will depend on the location of the cavity and how much of the tooth structure is affected.

Direct Filling

For most small to moderate cavities, direct fillings can be bonded to the tooth immediately after removing decay and cleaning and shaping the tooth.

Composite resin, dental amalgam, and glass ionomer fillings are typically used for this type of single visit restoration.

Indirect Filling

An indirect filling is the right choice for molars and premolars with larger areas of decay or damage. Indirect fillings fit more securely, last longer than direct fillings, and can even strengthen the remaining tooth structure. An inlay fills the tooth surface inside the cusps, while an onlay typically covers the center of the tooth and one or more cusps.

Indirect fillings can be made of composite resin, gold, or porcelain, and are created from a mold taken after the tooth is cleaned and prepped. The finished filling is bonded to the tooth at a second visit.

Filling Options

Once you know what type of filing you need, you and your dentist can choose the best filling material for your tooth based on durability, aesthetics, longevity, and cost considerations:

Composite Resin

Made of acrylic resin mixed with powdered quartz, glass, or other ceramic particles, composite resin can be used for both direct and indirect fillings.

Composite resin fillings are popular, especially for fillings in the front teeth, because they are color-matched to blend with natural enamel. These fillings generally preserve more of the tooth structure and are quite durable, although gold or porcelain might be a stronger choice for chewing surfaces. Composite resin fillings are more expensive than amalgams, and, unlike porcelain fillings, are more prone to staining.

Dental Amalgam

An amalgam, or silver-colored, filling is composed of several different metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury.

Because this filling is very durable, it’s often the filling of choice for biting surfaces. It’s also one of the most cost-effective options. Amalgam fillings sometimes require the removal of more tooth structure than composite resin fillings, and won’t blend in with natural enamel. If you are concerned about the metals used in amalgams, discuss alternatives with your dentist.

Glass Ionomer

Glass ionomer fillings use a flexible cement paste made with silicate glass powder. This filling material bonds to the tooth itself and hardens quickly. Resin-modified ionomers harden even more quickly under a curing light.

Many glass ionomer fillings contain fluoride that is released over time, helping to prevent new cavities. These fillings don’t blend as well with enamel as other tooth-colored options, and, because they are quite a bit less durable than other filling materials, they’re more suitable for baby teeth, cavities along the gum line or other non-biting surfaces, and temporary fillings.

Gold

A gold filling is an alloy of gold, copper, and other metals. Gold is typically used in indirect fillings, and is extremely durable, lasting 20 years or more. Gold fillings are a more expensive option than composite resin, and, like silver amalgams, these fillings are visible.

Porcelain

A porcelain filling is made from specially formulated ceramic materials and is used in indirect fillings.

Because porcelain fillings are both color-matched to the tooth and translucent, they are the most natural looking filling available. They are resistant to staining and cracking and are quite durable. Porcelain is a more expensive choice than composite resin, more comparable to the cost of a gold filling.

If you have a small or moderate cavity, there are a variety of filling choices available to address your functional, aesthetic, and cost concerns. Discuss these options with your dentist to discover which filling is best suited to restore and protect your healthy, attractive smile.

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Digital Radiographs

Experience the pinnacle of precision with our state-of-the-art Digital Radiographs. This cutting-edge technology ensures a safer, faster, and more detailed view of your dental health, enabling us to provide you with the most accurate diagnoses and tailored treatments. Embrace a brighter, healthier smile with minimal radiation exposure and maximum peace of mind.

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Intraoral Photography

Experience a closer look at your dental health with our state-of-the-art Intraoral Photography service. This cutting-edge technology allows us to capture detailed images inside your mouth, ensuring precise diagnoses and tailored treatment plans. Embrace the clarity of high-resolution dental imagery and take an active role in your oral care journey.

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SciCAT 3D Imaging

Experience the future of dental diagnostics with SciCAT 3D Imaging. Our cutting-edge technology provides unparalleled clarity and precision, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your oral health. Trust SciCAT for a safer, faster, and more accurate dental assessment that puts you on the path to a perfect smile.

SciCAT 3D Imaging
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CEREC Milling

Experience the pinnacle of dental technology with our CEREC Milling service. Get custom-crafted, perfectly fitting crowns, veneers, or fillings in just one visit, eliminating the wait and discomfort of traditional methods. Embrace a seamless, efficient path to your brightest smile yet!

CEREC Milling
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Intraoral Scanning

Experience the future of dental impressions with our cutting-edge Intraoral Scanning service. Say goodbye to the discomfort of traditional molds and hello to quick, precise, and comfortable digital scans that ensure the perfect fit for your dental treatments. Embrace a seamless, high-tech approach to perfecting your smile with us.

Intraoral Scanning

All-On-4 Smile Makeover

Transform your smile with our All-On-4 Smile Makeover – a revolutionary dental service designed to restore your confidence with a full set of beautiful, functional teeth in just one day. Say goodbye to discomfort and insecurity, and hello to a dazzling, long-lasting smile that will leave a lasting impression. Embrace the change that comes with advanced dental technology and expert care, and start enjoying the benefits of a flawless smile today.

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Implant ‘Snap-On’ Dentures

Experience the perfect blend of comfort and stability with our Implant 'Snap-On' Dentures. Designed for a secure fit that clicks into place, they provide the confidence to smile, speak, and eat with ease. Say goodbye to the worries of slipping dentures and embrace a renewed quality of life.

Implant ‘Snap-On’ Dentures

Guided Dental Implants

Experience precision and comfort with our Guided Dental Implants, the cutting-edge solution for restoring your smile. Utilizing advanced technology for impeccable placement, our expert team ensures a seamless fit and a rejuvenated look. Trust us to bring back the confidence in your bite and the brilliance in your grin.

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Sinus Lifts

Elevate your dental health and pave the way for new possibilities with our Sinus Lifts service. This advanced procedure gently raises the sinus floor to allow for dental implants in areas previously lacking sufficient bone. Trust in our expertise to enhance your smile and improve your quality of life with this transformative dental solution.

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Bone Grafting

Rediscover the strength of your smile with our advanced Bone Grafting services. This essential procedure lays the foundation for dental implants, ensuring a secure and lasting restoration. Trust us to rebuild and rejuvenate your oral health, one graft at a time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dental filling and why is it necessary?

A dental filling is a common procedure used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury. When a tooth has a cavity or decay, the damaged portion is removed, and the area is cleaned and filled with a filling material. This restores the tooth’s shape and function, prevents further decay, and alleviates pain or sensitivity.

What materials are used for dental fillings?

Various materials can be used for dental fillings, including amalgam (a mixture of metals), composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), gold, and porcelain. The best material for your filling will depend on the extent of the repair, the location of the tooth, your allergies, and cost considerations.

How long does it take to get a dental filling?

The time it takes to get a dental filling can vary depending on the severity and size of the cavity, but it typically takes about an hour. The procedure involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning the area, and then filling it with the appropriate material. Your dentist will give you an estimate of the time required during your consultation.

How long does it take to get a dental filling?

The time it takes to get a dental filling can vary depending on the severity and size of the cavity, but it typically takes about an hour. The procedure involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning the area, and then filling it with the appropriate material. Your dentist will give you an estimate of the time required during your consultation.

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How do I care for my teeth after getting a filling?

After getting a filling, avoid chewing on the side of the filled tooth for at least 24 hours if an amalgam filling is used, or immediately if a composite filling is used. Maintain good oral hygiene practices including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. Avoid hard and sticky foods that could potentially damage the filling, and see your dentist regularly for check-ups.

Which procedures and services do you offer?

We offer a range of dental services including general check-ups, cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. Our team is skilled in providing comprehensive care tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment is easy! You can book your visit online through our website, or call our office during business hours. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding a convenient time for your appointment.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most major dental insurance plans and are happy to assist with claims processing. Please contact our office to confirm that we accept your specific plan and to discuss the details of your coverage.

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What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

In the case of a dental emergency, please call our office immediately at (216) 228-7950. We offer same-day appointments to address urgent issues. For emergencies occurring outside of business hours, please follow the instructions provided on our answering machine or visit your nearest emergency room.

How can I maintain my oral health between visits?

Regular at-home care is crucial for maintaining your oral health. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, avoiding excessive sugar intake, and using a mouthwash if recommended. It’s also essential to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent and detect issues early.

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