Customized Tooth Fillings

FillingsThere are many things that factor into cavity development, including your diet (i.e., too much sugar) and hygiene practices (i.e., not brushing and flossing every day). Because of this, cavities are the most common dental health issue, and consequently, tooth fillings are one of the most frequently performed dental restorations. Cavities are highly preventable, but perhaps more importantly, they can be prevented from growing worse if treated early with a tooth filling. If a cavity happens to slip past your defensive hygiene practices, then Dr. Burds can custom-design a metal or resin filling according to your unique needs and preferences.

Metal Amalgam and Composite Resin

A filling’s purpose is to fill the cavity, or hole, that decay leaves in your tooth’s structure. After cleaning the cavity of harmful oral bacteria, Dr. Burds can place the filling to reestablish the tooth’s structural integrity, allowing you to bite and chew comfortably again. For some teeth, the pressure of biting and chewing is best handled with a metal amalgam filling, which is made from a mixture of safe and durable metals. For others, a tooth-colored composite resin filling may be more appropriate, thanks largely for its ability to blend in discreetly with your tooth structure. To determine which filling is best for you, Dr. Burds will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and oral tissues, and then consult with you about which option can treat your cavity with the best results.

Ask Dr. Burds Which Filling Is Best

If you have a cavity, then meet with Dr. Burds to determine if you would benefit more from a metal or composite resin filling. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.