Human teeth are undeniably strong, but they aren’t immune to damage. Poor diet choices, a lack of oral hygiene, and general wear and tear can lead to tooth decay and cavities. When this happens, you’ll need to visit your dentist to get a filling done. What kinds of fillers do dentists use to patch up teeth?
This assortment of various metals can be seen as the “classic” option for dental fillings and has been in use for over 100 years. It’s strong, resistant to damage, and has stood the test of time. However, it can sometimes get discoloured, causing it to stick out like a sore thumb in a row of shiny white teeth. Gold fillings are a popular choice for some people, and are indeed durable and strong. As you can imagine, however, they can be expensive and the aesthetic may not be for everyone.
As a more expensive option, porcelain fillings boast a natural colour and appearance that closely resembled that of teeth. They may be used in some types of cosmetic dentistry as well. Porcelain comes with the downside of being more fragile than other options, so you’ll have to treat your filling extra well. Because of its relative fragility, it may also require multiple visits to the dentist to get the job done.
Composite fillings are made from powdered glass or quartz and work especially well for smaller fillings. They do a good job of matching the colour of teeth and won’t be very noticeable. Although they’re resistant and responsibly strong, another option might be better if the filling is on a tooth that needs with withstand a lot of pressure, like a molar.
Only your dentist will be able to properly assess a cavity and determine what kind of filling works best, but don’t be afraid to ask questions and find what what kind of treatment you’re receiving. Educating our patients is an important part of the job and is critical in helping improve oral hygiene habits. Centennial Smiles loves to see new smiling faces! Reach our office by calling 587-353-5060, or contact us on our website.