- Dental Fillings
- Tooth Extractions
Fillings are a perfect solution to resolve holes from tooth decay. These holes are commonly known as cavities. They essentially “fill” the hole, helping to resist further tooth decay. After an initial consultation, an amalgam filling or a composite resin filling will be placed based on the needs of the patient.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Amalgam fillings, otherwise known as “silver fillings”, are made from a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. This is a durable and affordable filling option that has been used for many years by dentists. Amalgam fillings are long-lasting and have been found to be highly effective and efficient.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings. Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another advantage is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last 7 to 10 years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams.
Many patients with traditional amalgam fillings (metal fillings) are choosing to replace their dental fillings with comfortable and attractive composite fillings. Some patients have sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal dental filling. We can remove your metal dental filling and replace it with either a composite resin dental filling or a dental inlay or onlay.
The advantage of composite fillings is that they can be closely matched to the color of the patient’s tooth. Composed from a mixture of quartz or glass fillers, composite fillings can be used on front or back teeth. A white shade of the filling material results in equally high durability along with a pleasing visual appeal.
After the Procedure
It is common for patients to feel pain and sensitivity around the filling. This only occurs for a short period of time and subsides once the tooth adjusts to the filling. This sensitivity typically only lasts for 1 to 2 weeks.
When Should A Tooth Be Extracted?
Always seek the opinion and recommendation of a certified dentist before seeking treatment. Teeth can get damaged from many things. If you experience tooth pain for an extended duration, it might not mean you have to get the tooth pulled. Most teeth pain is only temporary, or superficial, due to recent trauma to the mouth. In some cases, it can become a serious problem if not examined by a dentist. Schedule a dental exam with Dr. Hatzidakis or Dr. Drescher to save your tooth.
Whenever possible, our dentists will take measures to preserve the natural tooth either with a dental crown or other type of restoration. At Governor’s Park Dental Group, we offer a number of solutions for replacing the missing tooth or teeth, including dental implants, dental bridges or dentures.
We care about your oral and overall health and will help you determine the best course of treatment and take care of your dental needs in a comfortable environment using the latest technology.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.