What is a dental filling?

                             

A dental filling is a procedure used to fill a hole, or cavity, in a tooth. You may need a filling if you have tooth decay or if the structure of the tooth is lost due to trauma. These problems may be found when you have a dental x-ray. Fillings are the most common type of ‘restorative treatment’. A filling replaces the part of the tooth that has been lost. One option in restoring the tooth is to have a white filling, commonly known as a ‘Composite fillings’. The Texas City Dental in Texas City is conveniently located near to La Marque, Galveston, and Hitchcock area is conveniently located near to the HEB, and the ROSS market complex has the best dental clinic near by.

What types of filling are there?

Various materials can be used as fillings. Your dentist will usually advise you which is suitable for you.

Amalgam

Amalgam has been used for more than 150 years. It is a mixture of metals, including silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc, and is a very strong filling material. Although exposure to mercury can be toxic, amalgam is safe and effective to use for most people. The Australian Dental Association continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest minimizing their use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and in people with kidney disease.

Composite resin

Composite resin is a white or tooth-coloured material. It can be matched to the color of the other teeth and looks more natural than amalgam, but it is a bit more expensive. Some studies have suggested it might not last as long when used to fill adult back teeth, where there is a lot of pressure.

Glass-ionomer cement

Glass-ionomer cement can also be matched to tooth colour, but it might not last as long as composite resin. It is usually used in areas where there is not much biting force and on baby teeth.

Gold and porcelain fillings

Gold and porcelain are long-lasting fillings. Porcelain fillings can be matched to the colour of the other teeth, but gold is gold. Both these fillings are more expensive than amalgam.

Temporary fillings

If there is not time to finish treating a tooth, the dentist may suggest a short-term temporary filling. This will be replaced by a permanent filling at a later date.

 Call us at (409) 419-2222 or visit www.txcitydental.com to schedule your appointment.

Find us at:

3448 Palmer Hwy
Texas City TX
77590

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