Dental Fillings Spring Valley at Floss Dental & Orthodontics
In some cases, a damaged tooth may need to be repaired with a filling.
A filling procedure involves removing the decayed portion of a tooth and filling up the space with a dental material. While various materials may be offered, our dentist Dr. Martz recommends using a composite material, which can match the exact color of your teeth and will stay strong for many years.
Dental fillings Spring Valley procedure requires only one visit to the dentist to complete. First, Dr. Martz will numb the area around the tooth being worked on. Next, he will remove the decayed area and clean it carefully.
When the space in the tooth is clean, Dr. Martz will place the filling material and shape it precisely. You will receive all the information you'll need to care for your fillings when the procedure is over.
Your teeth may need to be repaired with a filling it they are:
- Cracked or chipped
- Worn down
- Spaced apart
Dental fillings Spring Valley is a great, simple way to keep your affected teeth from rotting out or progressing into more serious problems requiring procedures such as root canals and dental implants. Dental fillings are offered in different materials, including:
- Composite Resin
Amalgam dental fillings have been around the longest, as early as 1900. Many people have had amalgam fillings placed in their mouths since then. Amalgam fillings are the cheapest, most durable option for dental fillings.
However, many reports have surfaced somewhat recently questioning the mercury content that is present in an amalgam filling. Typically, these fillings are made with about half mercury and half silver and other metals such as tin. As such, many people have become worried and respond by opting to remove their current amalgam filling and replace it with a documented safer alternative, such as porcelain or composite resin.
Removing amalgam requires an experienced 89113 dentist, one who will not expose your mouth to the harmful vapors of mercury upon removal. The dentist 89113 applies a local anesthetic, and then uses a cooled drill to remove the filling. Shortly thereafter, an advanced high-speed suction is used to remove any loose amalgam from your mouth. The drill is purposely cooled because any amount of heat may release the harmful vapors of mercury. After the filling is removed, the remaining site is thoroughly cleaned out and then replaced with a new material of your choice.