New Port Richey Fillings
Protecting the Health & Integrity of Your Teeth
Tooth decay or cavities can be a painful distraction and may lead to further complications in your oral health. Professional dental fillings are a proven technique for restoring stability and function to affected teeth in a relatively non-invasive and quick procedure. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, come to A Family Dentist in New Port Richey for friendly service and professional treatment. We pride ourselves on easing the anxiety of our patients and performing exceptional and fast fillings.
Troubled by a nagging cavity? Contact us at (727) 645-0766 right away to set up an appointment for a filling.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Filling?
When you come to A Family Dentist for your filling, we will first remove any decayed tooth material and thoroughly clean the affected area. This eliminates harmful bacteria that may be causing the decay and also provides an excellent surface for adhering the filling material. A proper filling seals off any cracks or small spaces to prevent more bacteria from entering.
There are many available materials for fillings, and we will work with you to determine what will best suit your repair needs. Based on the number of required fillings, the location(s) in your mouth, and your budget, we can provide a treatment plan tailored to you.
Available materials for fillings include:
- Gold: While typically the most cost-prohibitive option, many consider gold fillings to be the best available material. Inlays of gold are tolerated well by gum tissues and can last for upwards of 20 years.
- Amalgam (silver): Tolerant to wear, silver fillings are a less expensive approach. They do tend to be more noticeable due to their darker luster, so they are usually not recommended for more visible parts of the mouth.
- Composite (plastic): These composite resin fillings are custom crafted to resemble the natural color of surrounding teeth. While matching the surrounding teeth far better than some other materials, these typically only last from 3 to 10 years. They may also not be suitable for larger fillings as they are more prone to chipping and general wear. They are also susceptible to staining from things like coffee, wine, or smoking.
- Porcelain: Porcelain fillings are referred to as inlays or onlays, and like composite fillings are custom created in a lab before being bonded to your teeth. They resist staining and cost approximately the same as gold fillings. This solution typically covers most of the affected tooth, making them nearly undetectable while smiling or talking.
Highly Qualified Exams & Professional Recommendations
If a large portion of your tooth has become damaged or suffers from decay, a filling may not be the right option. Our knowledgeable dentist will sometimes recommend a crown or cap in cases where a significant portion of the tooth is damaged. If decay has extended to the root, then root canal therapy rather than fillings may be required. Our team can advise on the proper course of treatment during your appointment.
Call us at (727) 645-0766 for more information about fillings in New Port Richey.