A dental filling can help to even out the surface of the tooth and improve the function of the jaw for biting and chewing. Many patients with tooth decay also suffer from sensitivity of the teeth due to loss of enamel, which can also be improved significantly with the placement of a dental filling.
Dental fillings are used to fill holes left from decay or a fracture in the tooth. They are a great solution to areas of the tooth where you still have plenty of healthy tooth structure remaining to hold the filling in place. Patients who need fillings have sometimes experienced sensitivity due to decay, but oftentimes, they have not had any symptoms. Doing the filling before they have symptoms will help them avoid more costly treatments if they wait for the symptoms to develop.
Fillings for the modern day
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and due to expansion of the filling, they ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. At Titus Dental, we have several different options for our fillings, and these restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong, thanks to new bonding technologies.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Silver fillings contain mercury which is classified as a poison, so we do not use them at Titus Dental. We’ve found silver fillings expand over the years, which allow for cracks to develop and eventually break. Over the years, silver fillings will often even turn your teeth black. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Fillings can help prevent new infections and improve tooth functionality.
If your dental health is properly taken care of, fillings can last up to upwards of 15 years.