Are you wondering how many types of dental fillings there are?
We hope you are not losing sleep over the possibility of getting a silver filling on your front tooth. Don’t laugh, it happens. Those amalgam fillings are pretty much, the thing of the past when there are so many choices of restoration materials.
The composite filling is a very popular filling to get because it is a combination of glass or quartz that is mixed and matched to the color of your own teeth. Some of us Baby Boomers still have those amalgam fillings that contain mercury, those are the ones that need replacement once they start leaking and cracking.
If you can afford it, gold fillings are very resilient and quite impressive. Your dentist loves to see those shiny restorations because they do last a lifetime if you take good care of them.
If you don’t like to see any color in your mouth, ceramic fillings are just as expensive as the gold ones and you can’t see any restorations in your mouth when you speak or sing.
There is one other filling that we have not discussed but used under some fillings, and that is Glass Ionomer fillings. These contain Fluoride to help prevent future decay and seal the prepared tooth for restoration, usually under Composite, Gold or Amalgam fillings.
Whichever fillings you prefer, choose one!
Don’t let your cavities go undiagnosed and untreated. What you ignore today, will turn into major problems in the future. Loss of teeth, abscess, root canal treatments, crowns, and dentures are somethings that you cannot afford to deal with in your adult life. Tooth pain is one of the worst experiences anyone can go through. For some reason, they happen at the worst time and place ever!
There are some of us who have to visit the emergency unit in our hospital for uncontrolled pain. Don’t let that be you! Always visit your dentist before you have to beg for an appointment.
If you have any questions or need to make your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org