Fillings

Porsch Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Restorative Dentistry located in Richardson, TX

Close to 91% of American adults have experienced cavities at least once in their lives. At Porsch Dental in North Garland, Texas, J. Brian Porsch, DDS, offers effective cavity-filling treatments to restore the health of your teeth and get you back to chewing normally and without pain. If you think you might have a cavity and want to learn more about how to fix it, schedule an appointment by phone or by using the online booking tool.

Fillings Q & A

Close to 91% of American adults have experienced cavities at least once in their lives. At Porsch Dental in North Garland, Texas, J. Brian Porsch, DDS, offers effective cavity-filling treatments to restore the health of your teeth and get you back to chewing normally and without pain. If you think you might have a cavity and want to learn more about how to fix it, schedule an appointment by phone or by using the online booking tool.

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What’s the purpose of a filling?

If your tooth has been damaged by decay, Dr. Porsch recommends various types of fillings to restore your tooth's integrity, function, and health. The more severe the decay, the more likely it is that you’re suffering from a cavity.

Cavities refer to when the enamel has softened and caused a hole to emerge on the surface of your tooth. You may have a cavity if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Continuous and unprovoked toothache
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Holes or pits in your teeth

 

Cavity fillings allow Dr. Porsch to restore the shape of your tooth and eliminate any decay.

How is a filling applied?

During your appointment at Porsch Dental, Dr. Porsch first starts by removing any decay in the affected tooth and cleans out the treatment site using special dental tools.

Once the area has been cleaned, Dr. Porsch typically fills the cavity space with a tooth-colored filling to seal the area.

What are the different types of tooth filling materials?

Dr. Porsch can suggest a variety of tooth filling options, including composite resins, porcelain, and amalgam.

When you go in for a cavity consultation, Dr. Porsch evaluates the following factors before recommending a material:

  • Location of the cavity
  • Tooth function
  • Amount of decay in the tooth
  • Your budget
  • Your allergies to various substances

 

Once you’ve gone down the above list, you can proceed with your cavity-filling treatment.

How do the different filling materials compare?

The different fillings materials have their own set of advantages:

Composite resins

Composite resin fillings are designed to match the shade of your natural teeth, so you won’t be able to tell which tooth had a cavity. Composite resin fillings are known to last up to 10 years but can stain over time if not taken care of properly.  

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam fillings are typically made from a combination of metals, including a powder alloy made from silver, tin, and copper, and liquid mercury. These types of fillings are the most cost-effective, but they’re also the most visible.  

Porcelain

Porcelain fillings are custom-made and bonded to your teeth. Just like composite resin fillings, porcelain fillings match your natural teeth, but they’re much more effective against stains.

If you think you have a cavity and want to learn more about your treatment options, get in touch with the office today by phone or online.