Common Cavity Filling Materials

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Small areas of tooth decay, also known as cavities, often require a filling to resolve the decay and keep additional problems from developing. The procedure for filling a cavity is rather straightforward. The dentist numbs the area, before using a drill to remove the area of decay. The material they use to fill the cavity will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and i’s relationship to your smile. Your dentist will recommend the best material to fill your cavity.

Amalgam fillings are also very durable like gold, yet they are less expensive. Because of their dark color amalgam fillings are almost never used on teeth in your smile.

Porcelain-ceramic fillings can be color matched to your natural enamel making them ideal for fillings that are in your smile. Just like gold, porcelain fillings are made in a laboratory and then fitted during a follow up appointment.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be mixed, color matched and placed during a single procedure.

If you know of a cavity in your mouth, you need to have it addressed and filled before it can progress into something more serious. If you know of a trouble spot on one of your teeth, please call us at 540-886-1979 to schedule an appointment.