Dental Filling Materials 101

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If caught and addressed early, our Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS team can repair small to modest-sized tooth decay with a basic filling. There are several factors involved in determining the filling material for your smile, like the primary purpose of the tooth, the size and location of the filling and its relative appearance in your smile.

Porcelain fillings can be shaded to match the color of your natural tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for filling cavities on a noticeable tooth in your smile. Just like gold, porcelain fillings are made in a laboratory and then fitted during a follow-up appointment.

Composite resin fillings can also be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. These fillings can be applied in a single appointment.

The biting surface on premolars and molars primarily do a lot of grinding and chewing. These teeth call for a filling that is made from a durable material, like gold. Gold inlays and onlays need to be custom made in a dental lab before being cemented into your cavity at a brief follow-up appointment.

Amalgam fillings cost less than gold and they are almost as durable. Amalgam is often dark in color so it is rarely used to fill a cavity in a spot that is visible in your smile.

If you suspect one or more of your teeth has developed a cavity in Independence, Kansas, you should call Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS at 620-331-4499 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Cynthia E. Sherwood.