Tooth Fillings Cary NC
Are you in need of tooth fillings in Cary, North Carolina? Perhaps you know you have a cavity and don’t want it to get any worse than it already might be? If so, please consider speaking to a dentist from Alliance Dentistry about our broad range of dental services, including tooth fillings.
We happily treat patients from all backgrounds, and who vary from young children to elderly seniors and everyone in between. Our dental clinic is comfortable and even enjoyed by children and adults. If you live in the Cary NC area and need tooth fillings, please don’t wait in calling Alliance Dentistry.
How Tooth Fillings Can Help Your Teeth
Tooth decay happens over time, and usually because of lifestyle choices and poor oral hygiene. As the decay happens the enamel will start to wear off from the outer layer of the tooth. Once this happens, and if it is not addressed by a dentist, the decay will start to move its way through the tooth layers and up to the root. If it reaches the root, you will likely experience severe pain and need an emergency root canal. No one wants to go through this – even when you have a great, pain-free dentist to fix your root canal.
You don’t have to let your teeth get this far. A damaged tooth, caused by decay, can be fixed with a tooth filling. Before a filling can be provided, the dentist will remove the decay from the tooth and clean it thoroughly. Whether or not you will need to be numbed during this process will depend on the severity of the decay (also known as a cavity). After the tooth has been cleaned, the dentist will fill its area with a type of material. The material will be bonded, or sealed to the remaining tooth; thereby, preventing further decay.
Common Types of Tooth Fillings Available in Cary NC
There is a broad range of tooth filling materials. Your dentist understands that you might prefer one to another; thereby can explain their full benefits to you at the appointment. In general, the following materials are most popular for a tooth filling:
Among these choices, it is common for one patient to have a preference for their tooth fillings. Bear in mind that the type of material you choose may be affected by the location of the cavity, the severity of the cavity, and the cost.
Gold Fillings – A gold filling will need to be made in a lab. It is very strong and can last up to 20 years or more. This is why many people choose to have gold fillings; however, the cost is significantly higher than other materials.
Silver Fillings – Also known as amalgam, these fillings are an alloy of a combination mixture containing mercury, silver, tin, copper, and sometimes zinc. These fillings are less costly and used to be very popular. Even though they last a long time, they tend to be overlooked nowadays due to their inclusion of mercury and also appearance.
Composite Resins – This tooth filling material is made from a special plastic and can be matched to the color of your own teeth. Composite resins are generally not suited to a large filling as they can wear down or chip. They also should be replaced every three to ten years.
Porcelain Tooth Fillings – Also known as ceramic inlays, porcelain fillings are created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They are resistant to staining and match the color of your teeth. It should be noted that these types of fillings tend to cover large parts of the teeth. Their cost is close to the cost of gold fillings.
If you would like to know more about tooth fillings Cary NC patients recommend, please call Alliance Dentistry to schedule an appointment with a dentist.