If you have a cavity that needs treatment, you have plenty of filling options at the office of Dr. George T. Christakos, DDS. Dr. Christakos offers a variety of filling materials at his office in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fillings restore the appearance and function of decayed teeth. To learn more, call the office of Dr. George Christakos, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.
If you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth, a filling restores your tooth structure to its natural shape and size.
Fillings most commonly treat tooth decay and cavities. If you have a cavity, your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry removes the decayed portion. To protect and strengthen your tooth, your dentist places a restorative filling.
Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers several different filling materials at the office, including:
Silver fillings contain durable metals. They were once the most popular types of fillings in dentistry. While they’re affordable and long-lasting, amalgam fillings aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Because they’re silver in color, amalgam fillings are typically recommended to treat teeth in the back of the mouth.
Gold fillings are both durable and long-lasting. With proper care, these fillings can last for 10-15 years or more. The only drawback to gold fillings is that they’re expensive compared to alternative options.
Tooth-colored fillings, or white fillings, blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Made of composite resin, these fillings are carefully applied layer by layer. After each layer, your dentist hardens the filling solution with an LED light. The team repeats this process until your tooth returns to its original shape and size.
While fillings most often treat tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend one if you have:
After performing a dental exam, your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can determine which type of filling is right for you.
The first step in placing a filling is removing any decay from your tooth. Your dentist may probe the tooth to make sure no decay is left behind. Once the tooth is completely free of decay, your dentist cleans it to remove any leftover debris or bacteria.
How your dentist places your filling depends on the type you choose. If the decay is close to your tooth root, they may apply a composite resin liner before placing your filling. After cementing your filling in place, you’ll be able to bite down and chew without discomfort.
To learn more about fillings, call Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online now.