If you have a cavity that’s affecting one or more teeth, the most ideal solution is setting up an appointment with your dentist to remedy the problem as soon as you can. A dentist will usually suggest a filling to treat or prevent further tooth decay. A dental filling is a common procedure that is usually carried out in just one office visit. Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS has years of experience in dentistry and offers a variety of dental fillings materials to her patients. Dr. Patel can meet the needs of each individual and address their specific dental concerns. Below is a brief description of each of the dental filling materials that are offered in-office.
The Benefits of Cast Gold Fillings.
Gold fillings do not corrode and can usually last between 10 to 15 years. They are stronger than many of the other filling materials as well, and can sustain greater chewing impacts. Aesthetically, a cast gold filling tends to be more visually appealing than some of the other dental filling materials. A major disadvantage of cast gold fillings, however, is the expense involved, which can be up to ten times more costly than silver fillings.
The Benefits of Silver Dental Fillings Material.
Silver fillings will typically last between 10 to 15 years, and are extremely durable. These fillings can also withstand a great amount of pressure that is exerted when chewing. Silver fillings are also less costly than a variety of the other fillings, which makes them a great alternative for patients who are looking for a more affordable option, and aren’t necessarily concerned with dental aesthetics, as silver fillings are more visible than most of the other dental filling material options.
The Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings Material.
Composite fillings mimic the color of your natural teeth. Therefore, they are virtually undetectable after being placed. They are also chemically bonded to the tooth, which provides additional support to the tooth’s structure. A reduced amount of your tooth’s surface will have to be removed when composite fillings are used. This type of filling material can be used for more minor repairs, as well, like chipped or cracked teeth. The disadvantage of composite fillings is that they usually only last about 5 years, and tend to not be as durable as gold or silver filling materials.
The Benefits of Ceramic Dental Fillings Material.
Ceramic fillings are beneficial because they are durable and can last up to 15 years. These types of fillings are resistant to staining as well. They also have a greater aesthetic appeal than many of the other dental fillings materials. The disadvantage of ceramic fillings is that they can be a bit more expensive.
The Benefits of Glass Ionomer Fillings.
This type of dental fillings material is usually ideal for patients that require a filling that must be placed below the gum line. This material is also ideal when young patients develop cavities that must be filled. These fillings release fluoride, which can help to prevent tooth decay. The disadvantage of glass ionomer is that they typically only last a maximum of 5 years and can break rather easily.
Please call (310) 549-2400 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS. She and her friendly staff will be more than happy to suggest the best dental fillings material that is right for you, and can help you to achieve a bright, healthy smile.