What Kind of Materials are Used as Fillings for Cavities?

When a patient experiences a cavity, he/she will need a filling to keep the tooth protected and prevent further damage. Today, dentists have more options than ever for the type of materials that can be used to fill a cavity. At Hospital Dental Group, Dr. Ravin routinely provides fillings utilizing the most advanced approaches, ensuring your comfort and safety are a number-one priority.

Routine oral hygiene can go a long way in preventing tooth decay, but sadly no one is completely immune to forming a cavity. That’s why it’s important to keep your six-month checkups and cleanings. If Dr. Ravin sees you on a consistent basis, he can most likely identify issues before they become problematic. If a cavity has been identified the infection will need to be removed and replaced with a filling. There are three primary materials that comprise fillings, including:

  • Gold Inlays and Onlays – Gold is a more primitive filling method. Comprised of an alloy of gold and copper, combined with additional metals, gold is extremely effective in protecting damaged teeth due to tooth decay/cavities but is not typically aesthetically desirable since it doesn’t blend with the natural color of the tooth.
  • Dental Amalgam – Similar to gold fillings, amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals—mercury, silver, tin, and copper. This variety of filling material is strong, lasting, and affordable, but because of its appearance amalgam is most often second in choice to composite/porcelain fillings that mimic the natural appearance of teeth.
  • Porcelain Inlays and Onlays – Porcelain inlays and onlays are Dr. Ravin’s preferred option for restorations. Porcelain and composite fillings are almost indistinguishable from the look and feel of real teeth and are both durable and resistant to fracturing.  

How Does the Fillings Process Work?

Modern-day fillings offer patients the highest level of safety and efficiency. Once a cavity has been identified, we’ll schedule a time to remove any tooth decay and then fill the emptied space with a filling material best suited to your specific needs. To make sure you’re comfortable and pain-free, Dr. Ravin and his professional, friendly, and knowledgeable team will help apply a numbing agent and administer anesthesia.

Once the health of your tooth has been restored and the procedure of filling the cavity has concluded it’s normal to feel a minimal amount of pain and minor “fuzziness” as the anesthesia works its way completely from your system.

Although fillings are extremely durable and long-lasting, fillings may need to be replaced. In the event bacteria has led a filling to chip, crack, or fall off completely, Dr. Ravin may need to refill the tooth again to prevent bacteria from re-infecting the tooth.

If you’re concerned that you may have a cavity or are in need of a replacement for a previous filling, contact us anytime, 860-524-5194! Our HDG staff members are ready to help!