Dental Fillings in Emerson, New Jersey
Even with good oral hygiene habits, decay and cavities remain an issue for many patients. Left untreated, decay can cause serious health problems, including tooth and bone loss. That is why regular dentist visits are so important. By coming to Emerson Family Dental every six months, our Emerson, New Jersey dentist can monitor your oral cavity for potential issues. Contact us today to learn more about all of our restorative treatments.
Tooth Filling Materials
Several different materials are used to fill cavities. Each offers unique benefits. To repair a decayed tooth, our dentist in Emerson, New Jersey, may use any of the following options:
- Ceramic (porcelain)
- Composite Resin
- Glass Ionomers (acrylic)
- Silver Amalgam
While each type is used to repair cavities, some fillings work better for specific conditions. Dr. Sonn will help you determine the right filling type depending on the cavity’s location, the severity of the decay, insurance coverage, and budget.
Pros and Cons of Each Filling Type
Ceramic or porcelain fillings are very durable and aesthetically-pleasing. But this material is more expensive than traditional amalgam. Even more ceramic restorations can roughen and wear down the opposing teeth.
Composite resin is another attractive option that is made to match the color of your natural teeth. While composite fillings are more costly than silver amalgam, they are not as strong.
Glass ionomers are an excellent choice for kids with baby teeth. These fillings tend to last under five years. Also, they help protect against decay because they release fluoride.
Gold fillings are non-corrosive and very strong. With proper care, gold restorations can last about 15 years. However, they do cost more than amalgam and require more the one visit to be fitted.
Traditional silver fillings offer the most strength but are the least popular choice due to the metallic appearance. What’s more, silver amalgam tends to expand and contract. As a result, this filling type is likely to crack over time.
Dr. Sonn has the skills and experience to determine which filling to use to repair your teeth. Please call Emerson Family Dental to learn more or to ask any questions.