Different types of dental fillings to restore your smile
Dental fillings can be used to address a tooth cavity or repair damage to a cracked or broken tooth, but there are different types of filling materials to choose from, no matter the use. Options range from gold and silver amalgam to plastic and composite resin fillings. Some patients prefer their dentist use traditional metal fillings due to their durability and lower cost.
It is best to consult with your dentist and determine what type of filling is best suited for you.
Maintain a natural smile with tooth colored fillings
It would defeat the purpose of fillings if they did not blend in with the rest of your teeth. Composite tooth-colored fillings offer an extremely natural look and typically require far less of the tooth to be removed than traditional metal options. These fillings are also completely “set” after your appointment, as you can eat as soon as the numbness wears off.
Do cavity fillings hurt?
During the procedure, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic to reduce any pain. You may experience a tingling sensation as feeling returns to that area of your mouth following the appointment. It is also common to experience sensitivity, tenderness, or soreness, but that should fade after a few days. If the discomfort persists for a week or more, check in with your dentist and a follow-up appointment may be scheduled.
If you think you or a member of your family may have a tooth that may require a filling, schedule an appointment with your local Kimball & Beecher office today.