Frequently asked questions and answers about dental fillings
The world of dentistry is full of new materials and techniques, especially with dental fillings. Years ago, the choice was simple, a big metal filling. If you didn’t want a metal filling, you had to have a crown, or you could always have the tooth taken out! Now, thanks to modern dental techniques and materials, you can have a beautiful, strong filling that enhances your smile. The dentists at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia want to answer some common questions about dental fillings such as:
What different types of fillings are there?
- Amalgam (silver) is probably the oldest filling material, typically placed on back teeth because it is the strongest material.
- Composite is a tooth-colored resin material; cosmetically beautiful, it can be color-matched to your teeth so you won’t even see it.
- Porcelain fillings are a great cosmetic choice because they can also be color-matched to your existing teeth.
- Glass ionomer fillings are also tooth-colored and are sometimes placed along the gumline where you don’t need chewing strength.
How much do fillings cost?
The cost of your fillings depends on the material you choose and how many surfaces need restoration. Amalgam and glass ionomer are less expensive; porcelain and gold are the most expensive because they are custom-made in a dental laboratory.
What happens during a filling appointment?
The dentists at McLean Dental Care will prepare your tooth by creating a space on your tooth to receive the filling. For amalgam, composite and glass ionomer, your filling will be placed at the same appointment right after the tooth is prepared. For gold or porcelain, after your tooth is prepared, an impression or mold is taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab. The highly skilled lab technician makes a custom restoration and sends it back to the office. Your dentists at McLean Dental Care will place it at a second appointment.
You now have a choice of options for your dental filling, and you shouldn’t make the choice alone. Stop in and see the dentists at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia for a dental filling consultation. They can help you decide on a dental filling to improve your smile, so call today!