Tooth Fillings in Jackson MS

Dental Fillings in Jackson MS

What Are Dental Fillings? A filling is a method that we use to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. The damaged tooth is cleaned, the decaying material removed and then the cavity is then filled by dental filling material. The filling will help prevent bacteria from entering the damaged area helping to preserve it.

Dental Filling Types:

There are many types of materials that can be used for dental fillings. There is no one type of material that can be considered best for everyone. There are various factors that need to be considered for each case. Those factors include the cost, the extent of the damage that needs to be repaired, your preferred appearance and whether you have allergies towards certain materials. Here are some of the materials used in fillings:

  • Porcelain fillings are made in laboratories and can be made to be bond with the teeth. The advantage of using this material is they can be matched to the color of the tooth.
  • Gold fillings are made from the precious metal that’s cemented into place. This kind of filling is actually tolerated well by gums and generally lasts for up to 20 years. Many consider it to be the best kind of filling but it is the most expensive.
  • Amalgam fillings can last a long time but are very noticeable so they are not used in visible areas.
  • Composite resins can be made to match the natural color of your teeth, but can be easily chipped.

Dental Filling Procedure

The first thing that we will do in filling a tooth is to apply a local anesthetic to the area. Then we start cleaning it to remove the decayed material. There are three methods that we can use for removing the decayed material:

  • Drill
  • Laser
  • Air abrasion

Once the material has been removed we then clean the cavity to remove bacteria and then applying the filler. In cases where the decay is found near the root we might have to put in a liner that is made from another material.

Tooth-colored filling materials need to be applied in layers and once done it will be exposed to a light that will harden it. This done we can start trimming and polishing it to make it look more natural.

How to Know When You Need a Filling

When you visit us we can check the condition of your teeth and tell you if you need a filling. We will give you options when it comes to the different materials that are available and tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of each one. We will be using the latest in tools and dental fillers to ensure the highest quality for your teeth filling. Call us today for appointments or any inquiries.