If you should develop a cavity within one or more of your teeth, the best course of action is always scheduling an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will typically suggest a filling for the decaying tooth, which is a procedure that can usually be performed in just one office visit. Dr. Kososki of Plano has years of experience in dentistry and offers a wide range of filling materials to him patients, to meet each of their individual needs and dental concerns. Below you will find a brief description of each of the fillings that are offered in office.
What are the Benefits of Cast Gold Fillings?
Gold fillings to not corrode and last anywhere from 10 to 15 years on average. They are also stronger than many of the other fillings that are available, and can withstand greater chewing forces. As for aesthetics, a cast gold filling is typically more appealing than many of the other materials. However, one of the major disadvantages of cast gold fillings is their cost, as they can be up to 10 times more expensive than silver fillings.
What are the Benefits of Silver Fillings?
Silver fillings will usually last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, and are durable, in that they can withstand the amount of pressure that is applied while chewing. They are also less expensive than a number of the other fillings, making them a great choice for those who are seeking a more affordable option and aren’t worried about the aesthetics, as it is more visible than many of the other options.
What are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?
Composites actually mimic the color of your teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable. They are also bonded to the tooth itself chemically, providing an added support to the structure. Less of your tooth’s surface has to be removed, as well, and composite fillings can be used for smaller repairs, such as chipped or cracked teeth. The downside to choosing composite fillings is that they typically only last about 5 years and aren’t as durable as gold or silver fillings.
What are the Benefits of Ceramic Fillings?
Ceramic fillings can last up to 15 years and they are resistant to staining. They also have a more aesthetic appeal than a variety of the other filling types. The disadvantage when using ceramic fillings is that it can be a bit more costly.
What are the Benefits of Glass Ionomer Fillings?
This type of filling is typically used in cases where the filling must be placed below the gum line or when children develop cavities that require filling. It is able to release fluoride, which can prevent further tooth decay. The downside to glass ionomer is that it usually only lasts up to 5 years and is more prone to breakage.
Please call (972) 235-8900 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kososki of Plano . She and him friendly staff will be more than happy to suggest the best fillings material that is right for you, and can help you to achieve a bright, healthy smile.