Dental fillings cover holes in your teeth to protect the sensitive pulp and prevent further damage from occurring.
Dental Fillings at Padron Dental in Rockford
Dental fillings are used to fill a small hole in a tooth that is the result of a fracture or decay. Decay is brought on by bacterial infections. Bacteria are always present on teeth but will build up when they are not brushed or flossed correctly. Inadequate oral hygiene, a poor diet, lifestyle habits, drug use, medication, medical conditions and more can cause tooth decay. Dental fillings cover holes in your teeth to protect the sensitive pulp and prevent further damage from occurring.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment for your evaluation for a possible dental filling. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
There are numerous dental procedures that are used to treat tooth decay. One of the oldest and most popular forms of treatment is a dental filling. Research has proven that almost every American has at least three dental fillings. Over the years, however, the types of fillings have evolved, and it is now faster and easier to have a cavity treated at Padron Dental than ever before.
The Different Types of Dental Fillings
There are several types of dental fillings used in the dental industry today. These include traditional metal fillings, as well as composite fillings, which are newer and growing in popularity.
- Metal Fillings- These are made from several different types of materials including amalgam, which is the silver filling material that you are familiar with and might expect to have placed in your cavities. Amalgam is made from a metal alloy containing silver, mercury, tin, and copper. These are quite inexpensive and durable. If you have fillings placed in your teeth you may have them for the rest of your life without ever needing to have them replaced or repaired. Another option for a metal filling that is less popular, and more expensive than amalgam, is gold cast fillings. This type of filling takes longer to set.
- Composite Fillings- They are less visible than the metal dental fillings because they are the color of your tooth. Unlike their metal counterparts, composite fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and glass and are bonded to the tooth. This type is more expensive than traditional fillings, but they are far more aesthetic and can last quite some time.
- Porcelain Fillings- Porcelain fillings are the newest option that uses the latest in technological advancements in the dental industry. These dental fillings are incredibly strong and look just like your natural teeth. They do not stain, and they can last for decades if taken care of properly.
Composite Fillings versus Metal Fillings
The primary difference between composite and amalgam fillings is simply the material used. Dental amalgam is a blend of several metals, which includes mercury and silver. It has been used reliably to fill teeth in the US since the nineteenth century. Records of a similar amalgam of mercury, silver, and tin are mentioned in Chinese medical history texts as far back as the first century.
Starting in the 1990s, advances in the dental industry produced new options for filling teeth. One of the most popular of these is composite fillings. The material used for a composite filling is a mixture of polymers that can adhere to the tooth surface and are then hardened with a blue light.
Some people prefer this type of filling because it does not contain mercury. Also, because it is tooth-colored, it is not readily visible. Composite resins are strong enough to withstand the biting pressures from the back teeth, and usually last ten years or more, making them a practical, comfortable, and an attractive alternative to metal fillings.
The Dental Filling Procedure
Dental fillings are a common dental procedure. They are performed by Padron Dental daily. We may perform several fillings in a single day. The process is simple and can be completed in less than an hour in most cases.
The first step in preparing for a filling is to administer a local anesthetic. Once the immediate area and tooth are numb, we will clean the tooth and remove any decay with a high-speed dental drill. X-rays will be taken to confirm the exact size and location of the cavity.
Then we will work with you to determine the right dental filling material for your needs and preferences. The tooth is then prepared to receive the filling. If you choose composite fillings, less tooth surface needs to be removed and altered than if you are having metal fillings placed.
Drs. Cassaro & Nguyen
Dr. Cassaro’s education began at Marquette University, where he earned his BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. He continued at Marquette University, attending their Dental School where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Ashley Nguyen is originally from upstate New York. Her first interest in dentistry came from her desire to help others attain a beautiful and healthy smile. This eventually led her to the University at Buffalo where she obtained a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. From there she attended dental school at Midwestern University located near Chicago, IL.
Dental Filling Aftercare
Once your dental filling is completed, you may continue to have a numbing sensation in the area for a few hours. Once the numbness has worn off, you are able to resume your daily activities. You should treat your dental filling like you do the rest of your teeth by continuing to brush and floss properly so your filling lasts a long time.
During regular check-ups with Padron Dental, we will check the integrity of the filling and ensure that further decay has not occurred. You might experience some sensitivity for a few weeks following your filling. This is common and will subside.
If you have pain in the area, talk with us right away. If your dental filling ever cracks or falls out, make an appointment right away also to have it repaired or replaced to prevent further damage from occurring in the tooth and surrounding teeth.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your dental filling treatment is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.