Options for Tooth Fillings
Dental cavities can be addressed effectively with tooth fillings to prevent the tooth from further deterioration and eliminate infection. Tooth fillings are one of the most common dentistry procedures for both functional and aesthetic purposes. It is important to choose the right type of dental filling to achieve the best results.
Dr. Rob Strain provides a range of tooth fillings to his patients through his dental office, Studio Dentistry. Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas for fillings and various other procedures.
Cast Gold Fillings
One of the major advantages of cast gold fillings is that gold is a very strong and highly biocompatible material. Gold fillings are durable, and may last for at least 10 to 15 years, or more. As the material is strong, it can withstand chewing pressure easily. In many cases, the gold fillings may last a lifetime. However, the cost of gold fillings may deter some of the patients to flip the switch for them. Secondly, they may be more suited for the posterior teeth because gold can be spotted conspicuously in the front teeth.
Silver Fillings (Amalgams)
These fillings are durable and less expensive compared to gold cast fillings. However, the aesthetics are poor, particularly as silver will blacken over time. These fillings require more of the tooth structure to be removed in order to hold the amalgam filling. The minute mercury content of these fillings can also deter many patients against this choice.
As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Strain may recommend composite tooth fillings to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and to her locations who are looking for a safe and affordable option. These fillings can be matched with the natural shade of the teeth, which makes them suitable for the front or visible teeth.
Composite fillings are more versatile and can be used to address decayed, broken, chipped, or worn out teeth. However, the challenge with these fillings is that they may not be as durable as metal fillings. But in most cases, composite filings may last for at least five years or more.
Ceramic or Porcelain Fillings
These fillings are made with a very superior porcelain quality, which mimics the natural qualities of tooth enamel. These fillings offer the durability and strength similar to that of gold fillings, but do not compromise the aesthetics of the teeth. The color is similar to the natural teeth, so these can also be applied to the front teeth. They will typically last for at least 15 years or more. Patients who are looking for a combination of durability and aesthetics may choose high quality ceramic fillings.
Glass ionomer fillings are produced with acrylic and a particular glass material. For children who require fillings beneath the gum line, the dentist may recommend this quality. However, this material is relatively weaker than composite resin, but the cost may be comparable to composite resin fillings. These fillings release fluoride, which can help prevent tooth decay.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.