If you’ve never had to get any dental fillings you should consider yourself pretty lucky. Practically everyone at some point in their life will experience the pain and misfortune of a cavity. Even though you brush your teeth every day, some how you suddenly face that excruciating pain in your tooth and you quickly schedule an appointment with your dentist.
When teeth have cavities or are fractured they can often times be restored with a filling. However, the use of fillings has its limitations. Bayer and Fahl provides experienced and skilled treatment with dental fillings to eliminate pain and restore and repair teeth.
Limitations of Fillings
In order for a filling to be used successfully, a certain amount of strong tooth is needed to support the filling. Sometimes there is not enough strong tooth left and a crown would be indicated. In cases where a tooth is beyond repair or restoration, it becomes necessary to extract the tooth and perform a dental implant.
What are Dental Fillings made from?
There are two types of materials used for applying fillings in teeth.
- The first type is the mercury (Amalgam) filling that is silver in color and composed of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is necessary to bind the metals together to provide a strong, hard, durable filling
- The second type of filling is a tooth-colored resin material that bonds to the tooth.
Deciding which type of filling to use is best made by the patient and dentist, taking into account the size and location of the cavity, patient history, cosmetic concerns, and cost.
Ultimately, no dental filling at all is the best option, and prevention is the best medicine.
You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases considerably simply by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet
- Visiting Bayer & Fahl regularly
- Water Pick
Contact Us to schedule a dental exam with award-winning dentists in Waukesha!