Fillings

Fillings Specialist
Fillings are a way that dentists help restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. Dr. Donia can help you get a filling that matches your natural teeth. Over his years of practice, he has helped many patients in the Encino, CA area get dental fillings after cavities.

Fillings Q & A

by Steven Donia, DDS

What Is a Filling?

A filling is used to help restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. During your appointment, Dr. Donia removes any decayed portion of the tooth. This leaves a hole or gap, which is then covered by a filling material.

What Are Some Different Kinds of Filling Materials?

There are four main types of filling materials: porcelain, composite resin, gold, and silver amalgam. Porcelain fillings are the color of your teeth and are able to resist staining over time. However, they are quite expensive. Composite resin fillings are also the color of your teeth but are much less durable. They will become stained from food and drink and typically only last three to ten years.

Gold fillings are one of the most durable filling materials and can last over 20 years. However, this also makes them the most expensive. A silver amalgam filling is much cheaper and has a similar wear resistance. The darker appearance of the silver, however, makes it only suitable for back molars.

What Are Indirect Fillings?

If you have extensive tooth damage, and there is not enough tooth left to support a traditional dental filling, your dentist might decide to use an indirect filling. They are made in a laboratory using a special impression of your mouth so that they fit exactly into the space. Because they are custom-made, they are typically much more durable than traditional fillings and can last up to 30 years.

How Do You Know if You Need a Filling?

Your dentist will be the only one who can tell you if you require a filling. Typically, patients with cavities or a chipped tooth are eligible for a filling. During every dental exam, the dentist will examine your teeth to see if there is any decay.

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