Dental Fillings in Colorado Springs
Restore Oral Health
Today’s modern advances in general dentistry allow us to repair your tooth with fillings that look and feel like your natural teeth. At Hill Dentistry, we use fillings to correct common dental problems such as an uneven or worn-out smile, outdated crowns, cavities, and stained or discolored teeth. This painless procedure offers the highest degree of safety without sacrificing results.
Contact us online or call (719) 470-2522 to book your dental filling today!
Why Dental Fillings Are Necessary
As you grow older, your mouth becomes susceptible to bacteria. Different types of bacteria find their way into your mouth and set up permanent residence. Since these bacteria now live on your teeth, every time you eat something such as candy, or other sugary foods, you are providing food for them. Feeding bacteria may not sound like such a bad thing, but it is!
After the bacteria eats the sugary foods you’ve enjoyed, they will produce a very strong acid that eats away at your teeth. If you don’t remove this sticky layer of bacteria (commonly known as plaque) by brushing and flossing, the bacteria will keep destroying a tiny amount of your tooth structure every day until you get a hole in your tooth. These holes are known by many names, such as tooth decay and cavities.
Types of Fillings
We offer alternative, natural-looking materials to conventional, silver-colored fillings. Our materials are made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel. Unfortunately, few materials can match the strength and durability of dental amalgam and, as such, may need more frequent replacement.
Common amalgam alternatives include:
- Composite Fillings: As stated, composite fillings are just what the name implies: a mixture of resins and fine particles designed to mimic the color of natural teeth. While not as strong as dental amalgam, composite fillings provide a pleasingly aesthetic alternative. Sometimes, composite resins need to be cemented or bonded to a tooth to allow for better adhesion.
- Ionomers: Like composite resins, these materials are tooth-colored. Ionomers are made from a combination of various materials, including ground glass and acrylic resins. Ionomersare typically used for fillings near the gum line or tooth root, where biting pressure is not a factor. They are more fragile than dental amalgam, however. A small amount of fluoride is released by these compounds in order to facilitate strengthened enamel in the affected area.
- Porcelain (Ceramic): This material is usually a combination of porcelain, glass powder, and ceramic. Candidates for porcelain fillings are typically crowns, veneers and onlays and inlays. Unlike ionomers, porcelain fillings are more durable but can become fractured if exposed to prolonged biting pressures.