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Fillings



Rendering of teeth with 3 filling materialsEven though you may brush and floss your teeth diligently, sometimes cavities do develop. Fortunately, at Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a range of restorative treatments that can help repair your teeth.

The process of filling your cavities is non-invasive and quite straightforward.

Types of Cavity Fillings


There is a range of material that can be used to fill your cavities. The most common ones are listed below:
•  Amalgam Fillings: Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for almost a century and a half. They are made from a combination of metal, including silver, and are strong and durable. Hence, they are great for restoring your molars and premolars. They are also the least inexpensive option out of all the filling material. However, the silver color is not aesthetically pleasing and may darken with age.
•  Composite Filling: Composite fillings are made from a mixture of quartz or glass and can be shaded to match your tooth. These fillings are good for small and mid-sized cavities in your teeth. However, the resin material can be difficult to apply, so it is more expensive than amalgam.
•  Ceramic: A ceramic filling is made from porcelain, which is the most natural-looking material for dental restorations. Porcelain fillings can match your exact tooth color, and they also reflect light like enamel. They are also less likely to develop stains over time compared to composite fillings. Accordingly, they cost more.
•  Gold: Gold fillings are the most durable fillings. Gold is one of the easiest materials to work with for dental restorations. However, people do not prefer it, especially on their front teeth, because of its distinct gold metallic color. They can also cost as much as ten times more than silver fillings. Gold fillings can last for over 15 years.
•  Temporary Fillings: These fillings are only used as short-term measures when multiple visits are required for a dental restoration or when the procedure needs more time than can be given in a single session. These fillings are weak and can start crumbling in just a few days to a few weeks, inviting in bacteria. So, they should never be used as a permanent restorative solution.

What to Expect After Receiving a Cavity Filling


Once you have your cavity filled, you may experience some pain in the restored tooth. However, this discomfort should resolve itself in a couple of weeks.

After getting a filling, it is crucial that you take good care of your teeth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. We may also prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to use in between meals.

When to Replace a Filling


Depending on the material, tooth fillings can last many years before they need to be replaced. However, some fillings may become prematurely damaged or dislodged due to bad oral habits, like chewing on hard or sticky food.

Not getting your damaged filling fixed can lead to further cracks or infection to spread in the tooth. If complications develop, we may have to recommend you a root canal treatment and a crown to save your tooth.

If you have cavities in your teeth, don’t wait until they become bigger. Schedule an appointment with us by calling us at (425) 738-8476 today.