To restore a tooth back to its normal function and shape after it has decayed, a filling is the best solution. When getting a filling, our dentists will remove all parts of the tooth that have decayed, clean the area and fill in the recently cleaned cavity with filling material. The filling works by preventing bacteria from getting into the cracks and crevices of your tooth by sealing them off with the filling material. There are a variety of filling materials such as gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. We will work with you to determine which material will be the best fit depending on the damage on your teeth, the location of the damage and the cost of each option.
Gold fillings are often the pricier option. They are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Many people consider gold to be the best option since these are well tolerated by gum tissues and may last upwards of 20 years.
Amalgam (Silver) is often the second best option for some patients given that these are also well tolerated by the gums, but they are less expensive. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than other fillings and can last just half the time that a gold filling would.
Composite (Plastic) composites are made to the exact color of the patient’s teeth to achieve the most natural appearance. Cosmetically, these fillings are the least noticeable, however they can last anywhere from 3-10 years and may not be suited for large fillings as they can chip. Just like real teeth, the composite filling can become stained from multiple elements such as coffee, tea or tobacco.
Porcelain fillings are custom made in a lab to match our patient’s teeth and then bonded to the tooth. Porcelain fillings resist staining, are natural looking, and are about the same costs as gold fillings. However, a porcelain filling covers the tooth almost entirely making the restoration nearly undetectable.