Which Types of Fillings Are Right for You?

Spruce Roots Family Dentistry offers a variety of materials to use for your filling. Our more traditional dental filling materials include silver alloys. The strength and durability of traditional dental fillings make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand the extreme forces that result from chewing, especially in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental filling materials include ceramic and resin compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These tooth-colored filling compounds, often called composites, are usually used on the front teeth, where a natural appearance is important. However, they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

Which Filling Should I Choose?

Though the dentists at Spruce Roots Family Dentistry will recommend a type of filling for you, you have the final say. Depending on a series of additional factors, the dentist might advise against using some materials for your dental fillings. The factors that influence that decision include:

  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • The components used in the filling material
  • Where and how the filling will be placed
  • How much chewing load the tooth will bare
  • The time it will take to prepare and adjusted the restored tooth
  • How long the filling is expected to last

Once our dentist has met with you and has determined what the situation is, she can give you choices according to what you’re looking for and what your budget is.

What to Expect when You Get a Dental Filling.

Before your treatment begins, Dr. Willis will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case. Then, once you’ve decided on the filling material, we can set up an appointment for the filling.

Once we complete the filling, we might ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment to ensure that the material is well-adjusted to your tooth and bite.

When you come to Spruce Roots Family Dentistry, you can trust that we will educate you on what your options are and let you choose for yourself. To schedule an appointment, please call our office today!