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A Look at Dental Filling Material Options

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Sam Khammar

Hearing from the dentist that you have tooth cavities can be quite painful. However, the modern dental technology has given us several methods to fix dental cavities. Previously, you did not have a lot of choice in dental filling materials. Moreover, those materials were not as sturdy as the ones available today.  However, with the development of technology, there are more effective dental health procedures to deal with different oral health problems.

Why use dental fillings?

Tooth decay is a common occurring among many individuals. The pain can be difficult to bear at times, which is why dental filling is required. This usually involves the dentist to restore the damaged or decayed tooth back to its original condition. A dental filling is one of the basic dental procedures and has been around for years. It can be a perfect solution to a problem that can worsen with time. It can improve the teeth structure and help you smile with confidence.

Types of dental filling material

Here are filling materials that patients can consider:

Inlays/gold filling

Gold has been a valuable dental filling material in dentistry for quite a long time. Gold filling involves the use of alloys made up of gold, copper and other common metals. The filling is durable and can work as a permanent solution for strengthening the structure of the teeth. However, it is not identical to the natural teeth as compared to other types of fillings.

Amalgam

The material is one of the most preferred filling choices for many dentists. Amalgam consists of different metals, including tin, silver, mercury and zinc. An amalgam filling is a much cheaper option. When it comes to strength and durability, it is quite a reliable filling. A disadvantage of using amalgam is that it can start losing its original appearance over time. This is the reason why numerous patients do not prefer using amalgam as their filling option.

Porcelain

A porcelain filing is quite similar to a gold filling. A major difference between a gold filling and porcelain filling is natural appearance. Porcelain gives the teeth a natural look but can be fragile. Porcelain filling can be expensive and might require multiple visits to the dentist.

Resin/glass ionomer

This type of dental filling material is common in baby teeth or primary teeth. This is because it has a weak structure and only suits well in specific areas. These include places where there is minimal pressure at the time of chewing.

Composite

This dental filling material usually consists of fine glass powder and acrylic resin. An advantage of this type of filling is that it gives the same look that the natural teeth possess. A downside is that it is less durable and only suits moderate tooth decaying conditions.

How can you really use this?

Before choosing a filling option, you should consult a dentist to see which one suits you the best. There are many factors that need your attention. After getting the appropriate filling, take care of your teeth to avoid any further oral health problems.

Call (609) 242-3464 today to reach Sam Khammar DDS.


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Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Ideal For All Ages

Posted on: September 2nd, 2017 by Sam Khammar

FillingsWe use tooth-colored fillings to restore our patients’ teeth and highly recommend them. Many of our patients do not understand why a filling is necessary in the first place so we get a lot of questions about it. Contrary to popular belief, this is not an optional dental treatment but necessary for restoring the appearance and, more importantly, the functionality of a tooth.

When you eat throughout the day, sugar and bacteria are placed on your teeth and gums. When you brush and floss, most of it is removed. However, bacteria will often remain in the mouth, trapped in harder to reach places. The bacteria can then create acid which will start to attack your teeth. As it does, the tooth starts to decay or die. How large of an area that experiences tooth decay will depend on how long you go in between teeth cleanings. By having your teeth cleaned twice a year, Sam Khammar DDS can catch and treat it right away.

Tooth Filling Treatment

In order to treat a cavity, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. This will leave a small or large indent or hole in the tooth. Patients cannot live like that because they would experience discomfort and irritation every time patients bite down. Instead, the tooth must be restored. In order to do so, we will use tooth-colored fillings. In this situation, we need to clean the teeth once we remove the decayed portion.

Once complete, we will apply a tooth-colored ceramic material to the tooth and shape it into place. We will then use a dental light to cause the material to harden. Once complete, the patient will have a durable filling that makes it possible to use the tooth like normal again.

Tooth-colored replacements

In our dental office, we prefer to use tooth-colored fillings because of how natural they look. The results are just as effective as traditional amalgam. However, when one smiles, no one will see a mouth full of metal. In fact, these fillings blend in so well that it is nearly impossible to tell which tooth has the cavity. Most of our patients even forget which of their teeth were worked on. This speaks volumes when one compares it to a smile of someone who has had a lot of amalgam fillings.

If you have a mouth full of metal currently, we can help by removing your old fillings and giving you new ones. This procedure needs to be completed anyway since fillings are not meant to last forever. Replacing them early simply helps to accomplish a cosmetic or appearance goal while addressing a future health need. Remember, that fillings are an essential part of restoring the tooth structure and keeping your natural teeth in place.

If one goes too long without dental care, the original space of the filling in may expand, creating the need for a larger filling. Regular dental checkups can prevent this from happening or at least identifying if it has so that you can receive an updated filling to protect your tooth.


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What Types of Dental Filling Materials Options Do I Have?

Posted on: July 1st, 2017 by Sam Khammar

Before getting a filling, many patients want to know, "What type of dental filling materials options do I have?" There are actually several filling materials to choose from. All of them can be highly effective for restoring the tooth structure and make it possible to bite down without discomfort or irritation.

The most important part of any filling is restoring the tooth. Afterward, it is important to make a decision that is based on appearance, functionality, longevity and even budget. With that in mind, we have listed various filling material types and the pros and cons of each.

Resin/tooth-colored fillings

Pros:  Tooth-colored fillings are incredibly popular because they blend in with the natural tooth. Anyone who struggles with massive cavities or dental damage understands why this is so important. Having dental restorations that consist of silver makes the restorations much more obvious.

With tooth-colored resin, it is nearly impossible for patients to tell the difference. When a person smiles, it looks as though the teeth are perfectly healthy and natural. The natural appearance provides a healthy solution for both children and adults.

Cons: Fillings that consist of a resin composite are not going to last as long as some of the other filling materials. On average, composite fillings only last for seven to 10 years. This will make it necessary to replace the fillings at a future date. With children who are having fillings in their baby teeth, this does not matter because their teeth will fall out naturally. For adults who do not enjoy visiting the dentist, this can be a drawback and make it better to have a filling that is going to last longer.

Gold fillings

Pros: Gold fillings last the longest out of any filling material and can last up to 30 years, which is highly convenient for an adult who does not want to have to worry about it. Additionally, gold fillings blend in with the tooth structure far better than silver ones. While they are not as natural-looking as resin, the gold has a far nicer and more natural appearance than silver.

Cons:  Gold is expensive. Gold fillings cost far more than any other type. However, since they also last two to three times longer, the upfront cost can be mitigated by the long-term savings.

Silver/amalgam fillings

Pros:  Amalgam fillings are the least expensive type of filling material. They are highly durable, incredibly common and have been placed for decades. They do the job well and are known for their functionality.

Cons: They stand out and are obvious when placed in the mouth. Additionally, there have been conflicting studies done on the health impact of amalgam , so we encourage patients to conduct research and make a determination for themselves whether this is the solution they want to use.

Schedule a consultation

To find out "What type of dental filling materials options do I have" based on your tooth or budget, call and schedule an appointment with our clinic. We can make a detailed recommendation after conducting an examination and asking you a few questions.


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