If you experience tooth decay, it can cause permanent damage to the structure of your tooth. At Ideal Smiles of Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut, Natalia Silva, DDS, and her team provide high-quality restorative dentistry services like fillings to effectively restore strength and structure to damaged teeth. To find out if fillings are right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are a type of restoration used to repair areas of the tooth that have been damaged by cavities and tooth decay. Untreated cavities can worsen over time, leading to periodontal (gum) disease and tooth pain. Once placed, fillings restore the shape, strength, and appearance of the natural tooth. 

What materials are used for fillings?

A number of different materials are commonly used for fillings. The material used for your filling depends on the size and location of the tooth damage as well as your desired outcome. Composite resin is one of the most common materials used for fillings. Composite fillings are favored because they can be customized to match the color of your natural tooth. Composite fillings are frequently used in highly visible areas like front teeth. 

Other filling materials include:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Amalgam

The material used for your restoration depends on the extent of your tooth damage. Dr. Silva and her team help patients determine the best filling material for their specific condition. 

What is the process of getting fillings?

Restoring your tooth begins with an evaluation of your tooth decay. If your tooth can’t be repaired with fillings, Ideal Smiles of Stamford offers a number of different restoration services including crowns, dental implants, and bridges. 

Dr. Silva begins the procedure by numbing the affected tooth. She then uses specialized instruments to remove the tooth decay and clean the area, freeing it from any bacteria or debris. Once the area is cleaned, Dr. Silva applies the filling material, protecting the area from further damage or decay.

Composite fillings are applied in layers and hardened using a specialized light. The material is then trimmed and polished to restore the original shape of the tooth.

How should I care for my fillings?

To get the longest life out of your restoration, it’s important to practice proper oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss. Proper oral hygiene not only protects your filling but helps prevent future tooth decay and cavities. Your regular dental visits also help you avoid possible complications with your fillings. 

Some filling materials are more likely to chip or crack than others, so it’s important to avoid chewing hard foods and objects.

To find out if fillings can help restore your smile, book an appointment at Ideal Smiles of Stamford by phone or online today.