FAQs About Dental Fillings
By Dr. Jonathan Stone
March 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cavities   fillings  

Even with the many developments in medical and cosmetic dentistry in recent decades, fillings are still a reliable standard treatment for Dental Filling FAQsmild to moderate cavities and tooth decay, used to save teeth from progressive damage. Like other forms of dental treatment, fillings have evolved to offer modern, aesthetically attractive options to match the look and feel of natural teeth.

Dental Fillings in Wayne, PA

Wayne, PA based dentist Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D. offers a range of metal (amalgam) and enamel (tooth) colored dental fillings at his dental office in Wayne, PA. Depending on the extent of damage and the patient's particular needs, dental fillings come in a variety of materials:

  • Amalgam (metal)
  • Silver
  • Cast gold

Enamel/tooth colored

  • Composite (mixture of materials)
  • Porcelain
  • Glass Ionomer

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Most people will need at least one, often several fillings throughout their lifetime.

What type of dental filling should I get?

Every tooth and cavity is different, and the type of filling used by your dentist depends on several factors, such as the amount of material needed to fill the tooth cavity, the location of the affected tooth, and whether the patient is allergic to any of the materials used to create a dental filling.

Are fillings safe?

Dental fillings have been used for generations to treat cavities and tooth decay. The materials used are safe and approved for oral care and tooth repair. Always speak to your dentist before a procedure about any existing allergies or health and safety concerns.

How long do fillings last?

Metal and composite dental restorations generally last anywhere from seven to ten years depending on the person. Many often last much longer.

Can I replace my old silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings?

Many people opt to replace older silver fillings with tooth-colored composite resin restorations. Speak with your dentist in order to determine whether updating old metallic fillings is an option for you.

Contact Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D. in Wayne, PA

Healthy teeth and gums start with good oral hygiene habits at home, and regular visits to the dentist. If you are already suffering from a cavity or need a comprehensive dental exam, contact Dr. Jonathan D. Stone at 610-687-0505 to schedule an appointment today.

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