There’s nothing worse than hearing from your dentist that you have a cavity. Fortunately, the team at Northern Lights Dental Clinic in North Pole, Alaska, has plenty of modern, tooth-colored filling options to blend in with the rest of your teeth seamlessly. To learn more about how a filling can transform your smile, call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or book an appointment online.
A filling is a dental restoration that fills and protects the portion of your tooth that has been damaged by decay. While they are most often used to treat cavities, filling material also helps repair cracked or broken teeth.
When most people think of fillings, they imagine gold or silver fillings. While these materials are still common today, there are plenty of modern materials Northern Lights Dental Clinic uses to make your filling look as natural as possible. Some of the most common filling materials include:
Much like their porcelain counterpart, composite resin fillings are easily color-matched to the shade of your teeth, so they deliver a very natural appearance. Because they are not as durable as alternative options and are not stain resistant, the Northern Lights Dental Clinic recommends composite fillings for the front of your mouth, where there is less pressure from your bite.
Northern Lights Dental Clinic offers two types of filling procedures at their office:
A direct filling, which is used to treat cavities, typically only takes one visit to the office. First, the team removes all the decay from your tooth and cleans the area, ensuring there is no tooth decay behind. Next, your cavity is filled with the material of your choice to protect your teeth from further damage. The whole process takes about an hour.
Used primarily for cracks and broken teeth, the team recommends indirect fillings for teeth that are too damaged to support a direct filling. These fillings, made out of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin, are fabricated in a lab, so they take at least two visits to set.
At your first visit, the team completely removes your tooth decay and takes an impression of your tooth to send to the lab to serve as a model for your new filling. They also place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until the next appointment. Then, the team removes the temporary filling and places your permanent restoration.
Northern Lights Dental Clinic has years of experience setting direct and indirect fillings. To learn more about your filling options, call or book an appointment online today.