Do you have a damaged or decaying tooth? Repairing the tooth often involves a filling. A filling is a substance used to fill a void in your tooth that is left behind after damage has been removed. Filling the void is necessary to prevent further damage or infection. There are several filling options available. Your teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, plastic resin or glass isomer.
Numerous factors need to be considered when choosing the best filling option. Gold and amalgam are the strongest and most durable, but do not blend in with your natural teeth. Resin can be tinted to match your teeth, but is not a good option for teeth that must withstand significant biting forces, such as the rear molars. Porcelain is strong and looks like your natural teeth, but is also expansive. Glass isomer emits fluoride, which can help strengthen your teeth, but is too fragile for most applications.
Your dentist will go over all of the filling options to help you determine which is right for you. If you believe you have a damaged or decaying tooth, don’t wait too long to visit the dentist. Contact us today to set up an appointment.