Dental Filling Options| When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to know that you have the right to decide, after consultation with your dentist, what treatments and materials are used for your dental care. Your dentist considers materials to use on an individualized basis, taking into account the size and location of your cavity. Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs are some other factors you might want to consider.
The ADA encourages you to talk with your dentist so that together you may choose the material that’s right for you. Here are two common dental filling types:
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
Dental amalgam, sometimes described as "silver-colored" fillings, are made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Dental amalgam has been used for generations by dentists. Amalgam is very durable and more affordable than tooth-colored fillings, however tooth-colored materials are more natural looking.
Crown| A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
Bridge| Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
Root Canals| Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. Our dentists will discuss pain management during the consultation including the option for conscious sedation.
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
• A deep cavity
• Repeated dental procedures
• A cracked or broken tooth
• Injury to the tooth (even with no visible crack or chip)
Tooth Extraction| An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. During your consultation our dentist will discuss the procedure and pain management options, including conscious sedation. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow.
Biopsy| A technique used where will the will further investigate an abnormality found during an exam, with the intent of forming a diagnosis.
Teeth Whitening | Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They come in a gel and are placed into a custom fitting tray that is made in our in-house lab.
Night Guard| Made to custom fit your mouth in our in-house lab, a night guard or bite plate is used to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.
Sports Mouth Guard| Made to custom fit your mouth in our in-house lab, a mouth guard decreases the risk of dental trauma and concussions for athletes.
To learn more about dental services call us at 376-5315.
Diet Counseling| Reviewing patients’ daily eating and drinking habits to look for ways to improve oral health.
Oral Hygiene Instruction| Reviewing techniques, frequency, and equipment to improve one’s oral health.
Professional Fluoride Application| A varnish or foam, containing fluoride, that is painted onto the teeth and hardens to strengthen and aid the tooth in resisting cavities.
Regularly scheduled cleanings, x-rays and exams| Patients should be seen every six months for a professional cleaning and once a year for x-rays and exams. The dentist may change the frequency needed for cleanings and exams based on individuals risk factors.
Sealant| A thin plastic coating that can be put on the tops of molars and premolars (the big teeth in the back of your mouth). Sealants get hard and keep food from getting packed in the surfaces of these teeth. They help prevent cavities.
As a general family dental clinic, Wasilla Dental Center is a primary dental care provider for patients of all ages. We can treat you and your entire family and care for your overall oral health, which is crucial to your total health.