Learning about Dental Fillings

A filling is a frequently used way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. This process consists of a few simple steps:

  1. The decayed tooth material is removed
  2. The area is cleaned and prepared for the filling material
  3. The cavity is filled

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Different Types of Fillings

Talk with Dr. Beischel about whether it’s time to replace your old fillings. There are four main types of fillings: gold, amalgam (silver), composite (plastic), and porcelain. Gold fillings are considered reliable; however, they are the most expensive of the types. Similarly, the porcelain fillings are also somewhat expensive. These fillings are close to the color of teeth, making it less visible and a practical option. Another option is an amalgam filling. These are resistant over time and relatively inexpensive. These fillings are typically used on back teeth because of their dark color and visibility. Composite fillings are matched to the color of the tooth. Because of this, they are used most often when a natural appearance is desired. These fillings are not ideal for large cavities though. Talk with Dr. Beischel about the type of filling that will meet your needs.