A filling is designed to treat an area of decay on your tooth. Fillings prevent the decay from spreading further and work to restore some of the lost strength in the tooth.
The majority of cavities are preventable, but even so, over 90% of adults have experienced a cavity at some point in their lives. Oral decay is one of the biggest threats to oral health. A filling is the most effective way to treat a cavity and keep your mouth in the healthiest possible condition.
What is a tooth filling?
Tooth fillings can be made up of either amalgam or composite materials. Most people prefer fillings to be discreet and close to the natural color of their teeth, making composite fillings a great choice. Sometimes, if fillings are going to be out of sight at the back of the mouth, amalgam fillings are chosen.
What types of materials are available?
When you need a dental filling, you can select a composite filling or an amalgam filling. While a natural-colored composite filling costs a little more than a darker, metal amalgam filling, the costs are relatively comparable.
Factors such as the location of the filling as well as whether or not you grind your teeth will have an impact on the most suitable material choice for your tooth filling.
Emergency Dental Fillings in Tulsa
Sometimes dental fillings are an urgent need, and the team at Tulsa Dental Center is here to help you in an expedient fashion. Maybe you have an old filling that’s fallen out, or a tooth has been cracked accidentally. If you are in need of a filling for any reason, contact our team today. We will schedule an appointment where your dentist is able to take a closer look at the affected area and offer guidance as to the best method of treatment for the issue.
How long do dental fillings last?
Fillings are designed to be sturdy. The lifetime of your filling will largely depend on whether you choose an amalgam or composite filling.
Composite fillings are similar in color to your natural teeth. They are not made of any type of metal, as in the case of dental amalgam fillings, but instead are made of tiny plastic particles and a super fine glass. Composite fillings are designed to last about ten years before needing replaced.
The most traditional type of filling, amalgams are made using a mixture of different types of metals. Known for their strength and durability, amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years. Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for over a century and are well-known and well-utilized.
From dental implants to crowns to even a basic dental filling, the better your oral hygiene, the longer your treatment will last. Smoking and poor oral hygiene drastically reduce the life of your implant, crown, filling, etc. Additionally, if you regularly clench or grind your teeth, this can impact the durability and longevity of your dental filling.
If you are in need of a new dental filling, schedule an appointment to consult your dentist about your options.
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