If you develop a cavity let’s hope that your dentist catches it in the early stages so that the treatment will be simple and as noninvasive as possible. The first step in filling a tooth is to get rid of the decay. Once it is gone the tooth can be restored with any one of a few filling materials ranging from gold to composite resin.
Which kind of filling is right for you? This will be determined by several factors. Your dentist will evaluate your needs considering how much of the natural tooth has been lost to decay, where the tooth is located and what your insurance will cover. Composite fillings for instance, can be made to match the color of your other teeth and are often used to restore a front tooth while a less expensive silver filling can go unnoticed in a back molar.
There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of filling. Even though the aesthetic quality of a silver filling is less, it may well last longer than a composite and it will provide the strength needed for chewing. A porcelain filling is often chosen because of its resistance to staining. A porcelain filling can last for as long as fifteen years, but like a gold filling is a more expensive alternative.
When you have a tooth filled your dentist may recommend not biting down on it for the rest of the day, but after that you can return to a normal dental care routine.
In Aurora, CO call Southlands Dental @ 720-886-0606 for all your dental needs.