To correct the smallest but still significant cavities, and to get your mouth fully healthy once again, Dr. Saxon may recommend a dental filling. Dental filling procedures are quick, routine tooth restorations that remove decay and help prevent future decay from taking place. At Saxon Dentistry you can expect long-lasting, predictable dental work.
Who Needs a Dental Filling?
During your regular exam, our team will be looking for the slightest signs of decay, and we’ll also look for any signs of degradation when digital x-rays are taken. If we see something small it’s time to act before the problem gets bigger. Dr. Saxon will go up close with a small mirror and other instruments to confirm that decay has indeed begun and what type of treatment will be right for you.
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What are Dental Fillings Made of?
There are several possible materials that can be used to make dental fillings, including:
Gold. Made to last for up to 20 years, these fillings are more expensive and generally a bit more invasive to place, but their longevity is a major plus.
Silver amalgam. These fillings are tough and durable but dark in color, so they’ll rarely be placed in visible spots like on any of your front teeth.
Plastic resin. Able to be matched to the exact shade of your existing tooth, these fillings are virtually invisible when placed but can chip or stain over time.
Porcelain. Durable like gold and custom-colored like plastic resin, this is a premiere filling option but needs to be fabricated off-site.
Should I be Concerned About Mercury?
Some patients are concerned about the mercury contained in metallic fillings. While the level of mercury in those fillings is not considered harmful, we do offer mercury-free fillings. We are happy to steer any patient toward tooth-colored fillings such as the plastic or porcelain option.
How is a Dental Filling Placed?
The procedure is fairly non-invasive and a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area so you don’t feel pain. When it’s time to begin, the decay (cavity) is carefully removed before Dr. Saxon carves out a little extra space for the filling. He then cleans the affected area before the filling is placed and bonded using an ultraviolet light.
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