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Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

A dental filling is an important part of maintaining good oral health. It is a type of dental restoration used to repair and restore the shape, size, strength, and function of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. At Duren & Marsh dentistry, we perform the procedure by removing all decayed material from the affected area, cleaning the area thoroughly and then replacing it with a dental filling material. Dental fillings are commonly made from materials such as composite resin, amalgam (a mixture of metals), porcelain, gold and other precious metals.

The purpose of a filling is to seal off any small cavities in your teeth caused by bacteria or other foreign objects that can cause damage to your tooth structure over time. Fillings are also used to repair cracks, chips and other damage from accidents or wear and tear.

We will clean the affected area with a drill and then fill the cavity with your chosen material. We may also use bonding agents to help the filling adhere better to your teeth. Depending on the type of material you choose, your dentist may need to take an impression of the tooth in order to ensure that it fits perfectly.

When choosing a dental filling, there are several factors to consider such as cost, longevity and aesthetics. Composite resins and porcelain fillings are common materials used for aesthetic purposes due to their natural color but they can be more expensive than amalgam fillings which are stronger and less noticeable. Gold fillings are also an option and can last up to 15 years but they are more expensive than other materials. We will discuss with you the pros and cons of each type of material in order for you to make an informed decision about the best filling for your specific needs.

After your dentist has placed a dental filling, there may be some sensitivity or discomfort in the affected area as well as changes in taste due to food particles that may have been stuck in the cavity prior to being filled. This is normal and should dissipate after a few days. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily and flossing daily, as well as regular checkups witih us office in order to keep your dental fillings in good condition.

Having proper dental fillings is an important part of maintaining overall oral health and should not be taken lightly. If you have any further questions or concerns about dental fillings, it’s best to speak to your dentist who can provide you with personalized advice and treatment options. By taking care of your teeth and following the recommended guidelines for dentist visits, you can ensure that your smile will stay healthy for years to come.

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