If you have a tooth that suffers from dental attrition, dental caries, or a minor fracture, you need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Nathan Lester, as soon as possible. With timely treatment he might be able to repair a small defect on a tooth with a simple dental filling.
The dental filling material that he selects will be based on several factors. This includes the location of the tooth in your mouth, the affected surface, the dental filling’s eventual appearance in your smile, and your personal preference.
The biting surface of molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are often tasked with chewing and grinding the foods you consume. Gold dental fillings are very durable. This type of dental filling needs to be created in a dental lab before it can be cemented in place during a second appointment.
Porcelain dental fillings can be shaded to match the color of your natural tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for filling cavities on a tooth in your smile. Just like gold, a porcelain dental filling will also need to be created in a laboratory.
An amalgam dental filling is also known to be very durable and less expensive than gold. Amalgam is dark in color, so this material is rarely called for to fill a cavity that appears in your smile.
Dental fillings made from composite resin can be color matched to mimic natural tooth enamel. They placed in a single treatment, making them a convenient option for repairing minor damage or decay on a tooth that appears in your smile.
Both amalgam and composite dental fillings can be bonded in place with a special ultraviolet light.
If you live in the Evanston, Wyoming, area and you have a cavity, chip, or other physical defect on one of your teeth, you should call 307.789.5608 to seek treatment at Bear River Dental.