A tooth filling is one of the most common dental treatments used today to address tooth damage. A dental filling is necessary to restore strength, dental health and prevent further tooth damage. For patients with mild to moderate decay, a cavity filling is a safe, effective and comfortable dental treatment. Hires Dental Care offers many types of filling to best best suit your oral health needs. Dr. J. Eric Hires and his dental team believe in preserving the natural tooth structure at all costs. A filling will prevent the tooth from further damage and decay which could lead to a root canal or even tooth extraction. A tooth filling is used at our Sylvania Township, OH dentist office when a tooth is weakened because of cracks, chips, breaks, cavities or other reasons.
Types of Tooth Fillings
- A resin tooth filling (tooth bonding) is custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. They are ideal when minimal decay or minor cosmetic problems are present. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years and may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
- A porcelain tooth filling, also known as an inlay, onlay or partial crown, is recommended when more significant damage or decay is present. One of our expert dentists will take an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. Porcelain fillings can be extremely long lasting when properly cared for.
- Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory just as porcelain fillings and then cemented into place. They are often the best restoration for teeth in the back of the mouth. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 15 years.
Tooth Filling Process
The exact procedure for your tooth filling will vary based on the size, location and type of tooth filling you get. First, one of our expert dentists will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay and thoroughly cleaning the area. For a composite resin tooth filling, your dentist will apply the tooth colored plastic directly to the tooth and skillfully sculpt it into place. When using this material, your cavity filling can be completed during a single visit.
Since porcelain and gold fillings are created in a dental laboratory, they will require two to three visits to our Sylvania Township, OH area dentist office. Once your dentist has prepared the tooth, an impression of the tooth is taken and a model created. The dental lab will use this model to create your new custom made tooth filling. The dentist may place a temporary filling on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
If you are concerned about tooth pain, your dentist can give you a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain during the filling procedure. You may also request our complimentary nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a type of sedation dentistry we offer, to make you feel more relaxed.