Cavities caused by minor tooth decay are able to be fixed with one of the more common dental procedures. Most cavities are found during routine dental checkups. Filling a cavity is a simple procedure where the dentist numbs the affected area before removing the decayed enamel.
There are four different filling materials to choose from. Whichever one is best for your particular tooth depends on where the tooth is in your smile and the primary function of that tooth.
Gold fillings are strong and durable. Gold is more commonly used in molars and premolars that which are not visible in your smile. Gold fillings are custom prepared in a lab and then fitted to your cavity during a short follow-up appointment.
Amalgam-silver fillings are durable like gold but they are also less expensive. Because of their dark color, amalgam fillings are almost never used on teeth in your smile.
Composite fillings are mixed and placed during the initial procedure. They can be matched to the color of the surrounding enamel of the tooth. This makes them ideal for teeth that are in your smile.
Porcelain inlays are stronger than composite fillings. Just like gold fillings, porcelain fillings are made in a laboratory and then fitted during a follow-up appointment.
If you have questions about the filling material that is right for your cavity, you should ask your dentist during your first appointment. If you have a cavity that needs filling, please call us at 970.259.1646 to schedule an appointment.