Dental Fillings in Greenville, TX

At Graham Family Dental getting a cavity filled is a breeze. Our team has assisted many of our patients with cavities, and is experienced in keeping you comfortable and limiting pain while getting a dental filling.

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Types of Dental Fillings

The fact that we have many different types of fillings is great because it means that at Graham Family Dental, we utilize a few different types of fillings. We strive to give our patients options about the type of filling they receive and what is best for their oral health. Our doctors are happy to make suggestions based of their experience and what they believe works best each of our patients unique cases.

Metal Fillings

Metal fillings like silver (amalgam) and gold have been around for a very long time. They’re considered extremely durable and can last up to 15 years. The problem with them is their appearance. Although silver fillings aren’t the most aesthetic option, their main benefits include being durable and cost effective.

Gold fillings tend to be more aesthetic but are going to be more expensive than silver. Either way, we tend to use metal fillings for back teeth where they won’t affect the person’s smile.

Composite, Ceramic, and Glass Fillings

Composite fillings are very popular nowadays. They’re not too expensive, and they blend in perfectly with the rest of the teeth. It can be almost impossible to differentiate a person’s natural teeth from a composite filling they have put in. They’re also structurally sound. The main disadvantage of composite fillings is that they’re not very long-lasting and have a life of about five years.

Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain. These are very expensive, but rightly so. Just like composite fillings, ceramic fillings blend in with the rest of the teeth. The advantage they have over composite fillings is that they’re more resistant to staining. Ceramic fillings also last about 15 years or more so you don’t have to worry about changing them.

Glass ionomer fillings aren’t very popular. They’re mostly used in children, and they secrete fluoride to protect the teeth. They last about five years.

Knowing the differences between the types of fillings is valuable knowledge. It’ll help you decide what’s best for you and what suits your priorities.

Dental Fillings FAQ

How do I know if my filling needs to be replaced?

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Fillings may need to be replaced if they become worn, chipped, or cracked. Signs that a filling might need replacement include sensitivity to temperature or pressure, visible cracks or wear, or discomfort when biting down. Regular dental check-ups allow our dentist to monitor your fillings and recommend replacements when necessary.

Can I eat immediately after getting a dental filling?

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For amalgam (silver) fillings, it's usually advised to wait at least 24 hours before eating on the filled tooth, as they take time to set completely. For composite (tooth-colored) fillings, which harden immediately under a curing light, you may be able to eat as soon as the numbness from the anesthesia wears off. Our dentist will provide specific post-procedure instructions based on the type of filling used.

Are there different types of materials used for fillings, and how do I choose?

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Yes, common filling materials include amalgam, composite, gold, and ceramic. The choice depends on factors such as the location and extent of decay, cost, and aesthetic preferences. Our dentist can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type and help you choose the most appropriate one for your needs.

How long do dental fillings last?

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The lifespan of a dental filling varies depending on the material used and your oral hygiene habits. Amalgam fillings can last 10 to 15 years, while composite fillings may last 5 to 10 years. Gold and ceramic fillings can last even longer. Regular dental visits are crucial for monitoring the condition of your fillings.

Can dental fillings prevent further decay?

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Dental fillings restore the structure and function of a tooth after decay has been removed, but they do not prevent future decay. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental check-ups are essential to prevent new cavities from forming around or under the filling.