A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures or other types of damage. In just one appointment, the decayed or otherwise affected portion of the tooth will be removed, and the remaining space will be cleaned and filled.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing what material you would like, consulting with your dentist is strongly recommended. Composite fillings are white-colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options that are aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, white fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years and provide you with a fully restored smile.
Unlike traditional metal or amalgam fillings, composite fillings do not require a great deal of drilling and they contain no potentially harmful materials. The composite bonds directly to the surface of your tooth, decreasing the chances for future decay and ensuring that the filling and tooth remain strong. If your tooth needs further treatment, our dentists can simply add more composite material instead of replacing the entire filling. If you are living with tooth decay, call Albrecht Family Dentistry at 440-358-0495 for an appointment with Dr. Rusty M. Albrecht, Dr. Chandice A. Richards and Dr. Lundon Albrecht.