Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

From an early age, dental fillings are a way to keep bacteria or infection from spreading within a tooth. Whenever you come in for your routine examination or teeth cleaning, Dr. Wachuta or Dr. Heilman may notice irregularities in your teeth. In some instances, one cavity or more may be found in your mouth. You may be brushing and flossing on a daily basis, but at the end of the day, some people just have less resistant teeth than others and, unfortunately, cavities can happen. When this decay occurs, it’s our responsibility to get rid of the decay and fill up the tooth (or teeth) so that we can prevent the situation from worsening, and the sooner the better!

What Materials Are Used To Make Dental Fillings?

If you or your child have damaged or decayed tooth structure, a filling is a great way to restore the integrity and appearance of the tooth. Here at Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we can provide multiple types of fillings for early dental care and adults, including:

  • Silver Amalgam: These are less common than they used to be, but are a strong and inexpensive solution for some patients.
  • Gold: These are extremely durable, lasting up to 15 years. Gold is a precious metal, though, so these fillings can become very expensive.
  • White: We can also use a tooth-colored composite that bonds directly to the tooth, restoring most of the original shape. We can even color-match the filling to your teeth which would give you the most natural looking smile possible!

How Does The Procedure Work?

Receiving a dental bridge is very similar to the process of receiving a dental crown. Similarly to the dental crown, the procedure for dental bridgework takes two appointments. The groundwork is accomplished on your first appointment for your future dental bridge:

  • We numb the area where the bridge will be placed, particularly the gap where the permanent tooth used to be and the neighboring teeth.
  • We resculpt the tooth, helping create a perfect fit for the bridge.
  • We'll make an impression of the gap and the surrounding crowns, either physical or digital, then use it to manufacture your own customized tooth mold that will be made with the two supporting crowns at the end of it.

How Can I Prevent Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are placed in order to restore the function of your tooth before there is no way to save it and a different procedure, such as a tooth extraction, must be done. Trauma such as a tooth crack, decay such as cavities, diet, or normal wear and tear can be causes for the need of dental fillings. We suggest you talk to your dentist in order to receive suggestions on how to better take care of your teeth. Also, be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and teeth cleanings. It may be a pain now, but it could save you more pain as well as money in the future!

Schedule An Appointment With Our Smile Experts!

We hope that our patients are not in need of a dental filling procedure anytime soon—especially when our doctors take great care in giving excellent oral health advice! Should there come a time, however, when you’re in need of this sort of procedure, don’t worry! You’re in great hands (literally) and our doctors and staff will be sure to make every step of the treatment as comfortable as possible for you. Give us a shout when you’re ready to set up an appointment!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

  • Denver Office - 2709 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (303) 756-2770 Fax: (303) 758-5705
  • Golden Office - 2305 Jackson St., Golden, CO 80401 Phone: (303) 278-2800 Fax: (303) 278-8448
  • Wheat Ridge Office - 8850 W. 38th Ave., Suite D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 425-5100

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