Dental Fillings An Overview
Dental fillings are one of the most common solutions used to address tooth decay, cavities, or damaged teeth. Early detection allows patients to receive conservative treatment to address tooth cavities and tooth decay. Dr. David Srikureja can address tooth decay using tooth-colored dental fillings to restore health and beauty to the smile.
Do you replace old dark fillings?
Yes. Our dentists can work with you to replace old or dark fillings with a white composite filling or porcelain inlay/onlay. Replacing old fillings can offer an instant smile makeover.
Amalgam Fillings: Dr. Srikureja can replace amalgam or metal fillings in our Montclair dental office. Traditionally, metal fillings were used to address decayed teeth. However, metal fillings do not offer the most aesthetically pleasing, comfortable or long-term solution for decayed or damaged teeth.
Composite Fillings: Dr. Srikureja uses composite fillings, which are tooth-colored, to restore damaged or decayed teeth and provide a natural looking durable result. Resin is the same color as natural teeth and will allow the treated tooth to blend right with the rest of your smile. Although more aesthetically pleasing, tooth colored fillings will not last as long as amalgam fillings. They will need to be replaced in about five to seven years.
Porcelain Fillings: We also place high-quality ceramic and porcelain inlays and onlays for larger fillings. These are also utilized when the tooth being treated is visible when you smile. This type of dental restoration provides the most effective result for both aesthetics and oral health. Porcelain fillings are much more durable than tooth colored composite fillings.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Everyone is susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. One of the most common culprits of tooth decay is poor oral hygiene. To prevent tooth decay, patients of all ages should brush twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash if recommended for chronic gum disease concerns. It is vital that patients visit Montclair Plaza Dental Group twice a year for preventive dental care. During your preventive care visit, Dr. Srikureja will screen for tooth decay and other common dental issues including gum disease and oral cancer.