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Dental FILLINGS in Fairhope, Alabama

Overview

Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Your Fairhope dentist Dr. Phillip Greer will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.

There several types of dental fillings.

Firstly, Resin Dental Fillings (Tooth Bonding). 
Resin tooth fillings are ideal for patients who have minimal decay or minor cosmetic problems. Your Fairhope dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth and sculpt it into form for an invisible restoration. In most cases, tooth bonding procedures are complete in a single visit. Resin dental fillings can be very long lasting when properly cared for, but do not last as long as a porcelain filling.

Secondly, Porcelain Dental Fillings. 
For more significant damage or decay, our dentists may recommend a porcelain dental fillings, also known as an inlay, onlay or partial crown. Fairhope dentist will take an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. Porcelain fillings can be extremely long lasting when properly cared for.

Lastly, Gold Dental Fillings
. Gold tooth fillings are extremely durable and long lasting and may offer the best restoration for teeth in the back of the mouth. Like porcelain fillings, gold restorations are fabricated in a dental laboratory.

There are main reasons why you may need a filling:

  • Cavity
  • Broken tooth
  • Teeth-grinding

How a dentist determines it’s time for a filling

  • Visual exam: If your teeth are discolored or have obvious problems, your dentist may be able find cavities simply by looking at your teeth. But if further inspection is needed, a metal tool called an explorer may be used. An explorer will expose decaying enamel by sticking in it.
  • Decay dye: Once rinsed over your teeth, the dye will adhere to decayed tooth surfaces and stay away from non-decayed areas.
  • X-rays: X-rays are a popular way of detecting decay and may help your dentist see cavities that can’t be observed through other methods.

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