Restore your healthy, attractive smile with dental fillings in Milpitas
At Sethi Virdi DDS in Milpitas, we understand the importance of addressing tooth decay early to prevent more extensive dental issues. When plaque bacteria produce acids that erode tooth enamel, cavities can form and compromise your tooth's structure. Our experienced dentists offer dental fillings as a conservative and effective treatment to restore your tooth's function and appearance, saving you from the need for more invasive procedures like crowns, root canals, or extractions.
Types of dental fillings:
Depending on the location and severity of the cavity, you have several dental filling options to choose from.
Direct fillings: For small to moderate cavities, direct fillings can be bonded to the tooth immediately after removing decay and shaping it. Common materials include composite resin, dental amalgam, and glass ionomer, offering durability and aesthetics for single-visit restorations.
Indirect fillings: Molars and premolars with larger areas of decay or damage may benefit from indirect fillings. These fillings fit securely, last longer than direct fillings, and can strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Inlays fit inside the cusps, while onlays cover the center of the tooth and one or more cusps. Indirect fillings can be made of composite resin, gold, or porcelain and are crafted from a mold taken after the tooth preparation. They are bonded at a second visit.
Filling material options:
Once the type of filling is determined, you and your dentist can select the best material for your tooth based on factors such as durability, aesthetics, longevity, and cost.
Composite resin: Composed of acrylic resin and ceramic particles, composite resin is ideal for both direct and indirect fillings. It is color-matched to blend with natural enamel, preserving more tooth structure, and is quite durable. However, for chewing surfaces, gold or porcelain may be a stronger choice. Composite resin fillings are slightly more expensive than amalgams and may be prone to staining.
Dental amalgam: This silver-colored filling is a blend of different metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. It is durable and cost-effective, making it suitable for biting surfaces. However, it does not blend with natural enamel, and if concerned about the metals used, alternatives can be discussed with your dentist.
Glass ionomer: Glass ionomer fillings use a cement paste made with silicate glass powder, bonding to the tooth and releasing fluoride to prevent new cavities. They are less durable than other options, making them suitable for non-biting surfaces, temporary fillings, and deciduous teeth.
Gold: Gold fillings, typically used in indirect restorations, consist of gold, copper, and other metals. They are extremely durable, lasting over 20 years, but are visible and more expensive than composite resin.
Porcelain: Specially formulated ceramic materials are used for porcelain fillings in indirect restorations. They are color-matched and translucent, providing the most natural-looking option. Porcelain fillings are resistant to staining and cracking, offering durability comparable to gold fillings.
Consult your dentist for the ideal filling:
At Sethi Virdi DDS, we prioritize your oral health and aesthetic concerns. If you have a small or moderate cavity, our range of filling choices can address your functional, aesthetic, and cost preferences. Schedule a consultation with our dentists to discover the best filling suited to restore and protect your healthy, beautiful smile.
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