While preventing tooth decay remains the best way to preserve your tooth health, early intervention is the next best solution. Albert Lim, DMD, David Rubinov, DDS, and the team proudly offer patients a full spectrum of filling materials at Federal Way Dental in Federal Way, Washington, to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Call the office today or schedule an
Fillings are treatments that restore decayed teeth to their original size and strength. Tooth decay develops when a clingy type of bacteria called plaque sticks to your teeth. Plaque releases toxins that erode your protective tooth enamel and form small holes called cavities. Over time, these holes grow, minimizing your natural tooth structure.
The Federal Way Dental team places a filling to stop decay from spreading. First, they remove the decayed portion then they fill it. The practice offers a wide range of filling materials for each patient’s needs, budget, and aesthetic goals.
There are many reasons the team may recommend a filling, which can address the following needs, depending on the material used:
A filling is a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to more invasive restorative procedures, such as crowns and bridges.
Federal Way Dental offers multiple types of fillings, such as:
Amalgam fillings are metal restorations that typically address teeth in the back of the mouth. Also called silver fillings, these restorations are reliable, affordable, durable, and last for ten years or more with proper care. However, the team must remove a portion of your natural tooth structure to place amalgam fillings.
The team can apply composite resin fillings directly to your teeth without removing much of your natural tooth structure. These fillings use tooth-colored materials that blend in with your teeth. They aren’t as sturdy as amalgam fillings, so the team usually recommends composite fillings for the front of your mouth.
A ceramic filling uses tooth-colored materials to protect and restore damaged teeth. These materials last more than seven years* and are more resistant to stains and abrasions than composite resin fillings, though they’re also more expensive.
Cast gold is the most durable filling material available. Most restorations last at least 15 years* and can withstand wear and tear. While long-lasting, cast gold crowns are also the most expensive option.
Call Federal Way Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about fillings.
*Individual results may vary