What Do I Need to Know about Dental Fillings?
Common questions and answers about dental fillings
Dentistry has changed a lot in the last decade. There are so many new materials and techniques it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. The dental experts at Exner Dental Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin are here to help you find out the truth about dental fillings. Here are some common questions and answers about dental fillings:
What types of fillings are there?
Amalgam (silver) is probably the most common filling material, typically reserved for your back teeth because it is strong. Gold restorations are also strong and visible, so they are also typically placed on back teeth. Composite is a tooth-colored resin material; it's very beautiful, and it can be color-matched to your teeth. Because it is such a great cosmetic choice, it is an excellent material for your front teeth but it can also be placed on any tooth. Porcelain fillings are also color-matched to your existing teeth and are a great cosmetic choice. They can be placed on any tooth. Fillings of glass ionomer are also tooth-colored and are sometimes placed along the gumline where they won’t be subjected to biting forces.
How much do fillings cost?
Cost will depend on the material and number of surfaces of the tooth involved. Amalgam and glass ionomer fillings are typically the cheapest and the most expensive are porcelain and gold restorations because both of these restorations need to be custom-made in a dental laboratory.
What is treatment like?
For all fillings, your tooth needs to be prepared by the dentist. Typically your dentist will create a space to receive the filling. In the case of amalgam, composite and glass ionomer, your filling will be placed immediately after the tooth is prepared. These fillings usually can be done in one visit. If you choose either gold or porcelain, after your tooth is prepared, an impression or mold is taken and sent to a dental lab. The highly skilled lab technician makes a custom restoration and it will be placed at a later appointment. Gold and porcelain fillings usually take two appointments.
You owe it to yourself to investigate which dental filling option is best for you, and your dentist at Exner Dental Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin is here to help you make the right decision. Find out about the new modern world of dental fillings and call today!
Don’t let tooth pain ruin your life or your smile; a root canal can help.
Dealing with tooth pain is no fun. Luckily your Waukesha, WI dentists know exactly what to do to eliminate your pain. While no one wants to go through any dental procedure, find out more about root canals and how they could save your tooth.
The Purpose of a Root Canal
So, why is my dentist in Waukesha recommending that I get a root canal? The purpose of this endodontic procedure is to remove the dental pulp, or soft internal structure of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves, tissue and blood vessels and if the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, then a root canal is often the best form of treatment.
So, what can damage a dental pulp?
- Deep dental decay
- A weakened tooth due to multiple dental procedures
- A severely chipped or cracked tooth
- Dental trauma or injury
When the pulp becomes damaged or infected you may or may not experience symptoms. If you do, some of the most common symptoms include,
- Dental pain, particularly when chewing or releasing your bite
- Swelling and/or tenderness of the gums
- A persistent pimple-like growth on the gums
If you experience any of these symptoms then it’s time to see your general dentist in Waukesha right away. The sooner you seek dental care the better. And what if there is an issue but you don’t have symptoms? While this can also happen, this is why those six-month checkups are vitally important. By keeping up with these routine visits you can prevent many dental complications from causing long-term damage to your smile.
Root Canals and Tooth Pain
If you’ve heard stories of root canals then chances are good you’ve either heard or read that this procedure is painful. Fortunately, this is anything but true. Many patients come in complaining about dental pain due to an inflamed pulp and the purpose of a root canal is to remove the pulp and thereby eliminate pain. Our goal is to stop pain not make it worse!
Root canals are also performed under local anesthesia, so our patients won’t feel a thing while in the dentist’s chair. As if this wasn’t enough good news, we’ve also heard many people report instant relief from pain after their root canal.
Whether you are dealing with dental pain or it’s just time for your next cleaning, your Waukesha WI dentists at Exner Dental are here for you and your oral health. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.
Sooner or later, most people experience dental decay - what is commonly called a cavity. While decay is linked to carbohydrate consumption and poor dental hygiene, some individuals get more cavities than other people do.
In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology, the dentists who study and treat gum disease, say that enamel-eating oral bacteria live in everyone's mouth, but some tooth enamel is harder and resists decay. Also, some saliva more effectively washes food particles and biofilm off teeth and gums.
Kinds of Dental Fillings
Given how prevalent cavities are, your Waukesha, WI dentist at Exner Dental is very experienced in the restorative procedure called the dental filling. When they detect an area of decay during an oral exam, either via visual inspection or x-ray, they can remove the diseased area and fill it with one of 4 common materials:
- Amalgam: Comprised of mercury, tin, copper and silver, metal fillings are strong and long lasting. Removal of decay and some of the surrounding healthy tooth structure. Cosmetically, amalgam is very noticeable and therefore, more appropriate for back teeth. While some people worry about amalgam's safety, the FDA, ADA and other professional associations and regulatory bodies affirm it as safe.
- Gold: The most expensive choice, gold fillings last for years. This kind of filling requires a couple of dental appointments as Dr. Exner takes impressions to craft the restoration.
- Porcelain: Also called inlays or onlays, porcelain or ceramic fillings provide excellent aesthetics and longevity to a decayed tooth. The material is bonded and color-matched to surrounding tooth enamel, making the repair virtually invisible.
- Composite resin: Often called a tooth-colored filling, this mixture of porcelain and acrylic provides a beautiful and long-lasting repair for small to medium-sized cavities. Dr. Exner layers the composite material into the prepared tooth, hardening each layer with a special curing light to achieve a strong and seamless bond.
Root Canal Therapy and Crowns
With extensive decay, your Waukesha, WI dentist may recommend a porcelain crown to shore up a tooth with extensive decay or multiple old fillings. In other cases where decay has reached the soft inner pulp, they perform root canal therapy to remove the diseased material and seal the tooth in preparation for a large filling or crown.
Fillings Save Teeth
The professional team at Exner Dental recommends regular professional cleanings and check-ups to defend your mouth against dental decay. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing also removes the plaque and tartar that cause cavities and gum disease.
If Dr. Tom Exner or Dr. A. Charles Exner discover a cavity, rest assured you will receive excellent care and state of the art dental restorations. If you think you need a filling or just want to schedule your routine check-up, call Exner Dental Care for an appointment today: (262) 542-1513.
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