A dental filling is a restorative procedure used to fix minor tooth damage. If your teeth are decayed, a filling can repair the cavity and prevent further decay. We use composite resin fillings at our practice. These fillings can be matched to the color of your tooth, making them virtually invisible. Composite resin fillings are not only for aesthetic purposes but are also safer for your teeth than metal fillings.
Silver fillings used to be the most common type of fillings. However, due to their composition, silver fillings have certain drawbacks. Due to their silver color, these fillings stand out and cannot be matched to the color of your other teeth. Also, since silver fillings contain mercury, they may release small amounts of mercury into your mouth every time you eat.
Composite (White) Fillings
Composite (white) fillings are the most popular type of filling at our practice. They are made from a composite resin material. The material is mixed to match the exact color of your teeth, so the filling blends in and is invisible. The composite resin material bonds to your tooth and hardens. This makes it durable and long-lasting, less likely to crack or break than other types of tooth fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent alternative to amalgam fillings. They provide many of the same restorative benefits as amalgam fillings while also being more aesthetically pleasing. Composite resin fillings are a great option for small to medium-sized cavities. They provide good durability and strength and can last up to ten years.
Gold fillings are made to fit inside the cusps of a tooth. This material typically lasts longer than other types of fillings. Gold fillings consist of a gold alloy, which is a popular choice for long-term restorations due to its ability to last for many years. Gold fillings are custom-crafted to fit a patient’s tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin or porcelain. They fit inside the cusps of your teeth. When placed, these restorations help restore function and aesthetics to your teeth. Inlays are used when the damage is within the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays are used when the damage is more extensive and extends over one or more cusps.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists in Albuquerque NM Dr.Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.