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What is a Dental Filling and What Are the Different Types

Posted on 10/25/2021 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
What is a Dental Filling and What Are the Different TypesThey are also called tooth fillings, and they involve a process where the dentist inserts material into a damaged tooth. The main objective is to restore tooth vitality, which means restoring its function and regular shape. You might need a dental filling if you have cavities.

In the procedure for this, one of our dentists will remove the cavity. However, removing any affected part of the tooth leaves a gap, and because of that, you might need a dental filling.

Another reason is if you have a chipped tooth. Even so, tooth fillings are safe, and the best you can do is to learn about the different materials and options.

Different Types of Dental Fillings

The material will depend on how much damage there is and the affected tooth. Our dentists will make sure to give you the best option available according to your needs.

One of the most popular ones is amalgam. This type of dental filling has mercury mixed with other materials like copper, tin, or silver. Its characteristics make it soft and flexible and first. When dry, it hardens, and it is very resistant. They are cheap and durable, and it is still one of the best options even if there are newer options on the market.

Another one is composite. People usually call them white fillings, but they can match the color of your teeth. In their composition, they have synthetic resins. They are also inexpensive and easy to work with for the dentist.

If neither of those suits your needs, our dentists might recommend you an inlay or overlay. They are better for larger surfaces, and they can be of composite, metal, or porcelain. You can always contact our office for more information on dental fillings.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman

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Asheboro, NC 27203-5469

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