Smile with Restorative Teeth Fillings in Tucson, AZ
Need a filling? Dr. Biede’s dentist office in Northwest Tucson can help.
A filling starts with the removal of the decayed portion of the tooth. Once the affected area has been prepared, it is replaced with a material dependent on the needs and priorities of the patient. A filling can be done with composites, gold, cad/cam, or Amalgam, so what’s the difference?
These are fillings made from synthetic resins. Dental composite resins are commonly used for fillings because they are insoluble, aesthetically pleasing, and they are easy to form into an appropriate shape for the affected tooth. Composite fillings are reasonably inexpensive and can provide a high level of structural integrity.
Gold fillings are a popular choice as a filling material because of their durability and strength. To some, they are aesthetically pleasing, to others they are not. Some drawbacks to gold fillings can be cost and the required number of visits to have the filling completed.
These fillings are strong, look great, and wear well for a long time. The name “CAD” means computer aided design, and “CAM” means computer aided manufacture. The computer aided machine creates the filling on an in-house milling machine. In about twenty minutes, an accurate restoration is crafted from beautiful porcelain.
In the 1800s, amalgam became the dental restorative material of choice. In recent years, the popularity of amalgam fillings has decreased; however, in some cases, they are still an appropriate option to be decided on by the patient and dentist. If you have any questions about fillings, please contact us and schedule an appointment.