A veneer is a covering that attaches to the front and edge of a tooth to improve looks and function. Veneers can be used for cosmetic benefits and as a minimally invasive approach to fix broken or worn front teeth.

Steps Involved in Placing Fillings

  • First, we use local anesthesia to numb the area around your teeth.
  • We test or probe the area to remove all the decayed tissues.
  • We clean the cavity to ensure it is free from bacteria and debris.
  • If the decay has reached near your root, we line the cavity with composite resin, glass ionomer, or an apt dental material to protect your nerve
  • We fill the cavity with a filling material and then polish it.

What are the Benefits of DentalFillings?

Below are the advantages of getting a dental filling:

  • One of the best durable options to get your decayed tooth restored
  • Prevents further decay in your affected teeth
  • Preserve most of the tooth structure
  • Just removes and replaces the decayed area
  • It can be done in just a single visit

Types of Dental Fillings

Silver Amalgam Fillings

Silver amalgam is a mixture of silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury. It is one of the most commonly used dental filling materials, and we use silver amalgam fillings in your back teeth. They are durable, strong, affordable, and can last for up to 12 years or more.


Composite Fillings

They are tooth-colored fillings we use in your front teeth. They are made of resin and a type of composite resinous material. We place the soft material into your cavity and then cure it with a blue light. The biggest advantage of composite fillings is that we can match them exactly to the color of your teeth.

What can dental bridges help you with?

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are also tooth-colored fillings made of porcelain. They are resistant to abrasion and staining. A ceramic filling in your teeth can last for up to 15 years, making it one of the most durable dental filling materials.


Gold Fillings

Gold fillings are not used commonly, but they are durable, strong, and resistant to corrosion. They withstand chewing forces in a much better way. These fillings can last for up to 20 years or even more. Some patients find them more aesthetically pleasing.


Glass Ionomer Fillings

Glass ionomer fillings are made of glass and a specific type of acrylic. We prefer to use them in children and for filling below your gum line. They release fluoride, protecting the teeth from any further decay. Glass ionomer fillings can last for up to 5 years.

How do you properly take care of any fillings?

Though dental fillings have high durability and strength, there are chances of them cracking or getting worn out. They don’t have a definite lifespan, and it depends on the oral hygiene and eating habits that you follow. For example, when you bite into hard objects, there are chances of your fillings cracking. Hence, proper care would prevent any damage to them. Also, regular brushing and flossing prevent the staining of the fillings. Please reach out to our dental practice in Sacramento, CA, to consult with our dentists, Dr. Rollofson Porrino and Dr. Fouladi. Call Scripps Family Dental in Sacramento CA at (916) 929-1156 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.
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