Tooth Fillings

Tooth Fillings Specialist
Around 91% of Americans have at least one cavity. If your dentist told you that you’re in need of a dental filling at your last visit, you’re in good company. Virtually all American adults have tooth decay; more than a quarter have cavities that go untreated. Serving the neighborhoods of Ravenswood and Lincoln Park, Chicago, the dentists at Dental Masters can satisfy your dental fillings needs. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Tooth Fillings Q & A

What is a tooth filling?

Dental fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair cracked, broken, or worn down teeth.

Fillings help restore your teeth damaged by decay back to their regular shape and function. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, the filling also helps prevent further decay.

Which type of tooth filling is best?

No one type of filling is best for everyone. Your Dental Masters provider considers numerous factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, where the filling is needed, the cost, and whether you have allergies to specific materials.

There are multiple options when it comes to the material used for your fillings:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • A composite resin (tooth-colored fillings)
  • An amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and sometimes zinc)

What happens when you get a tooth filling?

When your dentist gives you a filling, they first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a significant portion of the tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown or a cap.

If decay has reached your nerve, it’s treated either through root canal therapy, which involves removing your damaged nerve, or a procedure called pulp capping, which attempts to keep your nerve alive.

How do you know if you need a tooth filling?

Only your dentist at Dental Masters can detect whether you have a cavity that needs a filling. During a checkup, your dentist uses a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth. They carefully examine anything that looks abnormal with specialized instruments.

Your dentist may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment they choose depends on the extent of damage caused by decay.

Regular dental check-ups are vital because they allow your dentist to diagnose and treat problems at an early stage. If you think you might have a cracked tooth or cavity, call Dental Masters today or schedule an appointment online.

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