Tooth Fillings

Fillings that Fit Every Cavity’s Need

There are many different factors that contribute to a cavity’s development, such as eating too much sugar and neglecting your hygiene routine once in a while. Each of these factors make it easier for harmful oral bacteria to infect your tooth structure, creating the hole known as a cavity. The longer your tooth is allowed to decay, the larger the cavity will grow and the more substantial your tooth filling will have to be. Fortunately, we offer a variety of tooth filling options to ensure that we can successfully meet every patient’s unique dental needs. With a metal amalgam or composite resin filling, we can effectively restore your tooth’s health, integrity, and ability to function properly again.

Choosing a Metal or Tooth-Colored Filling

When a cavity develops, the tooth structure that you lose causes the tooth to lose some its overall strength and integrity. This means that as the cavity spreads, it not only directly threatens the health of your tooth, but also makes it more susceptible to damage from your bite pressure. Therefore, your filling has to effectively restore the lost structure while sealing the hole in your tooth, and depending on your specific needs and preferences, that may mean a metal or tooth-colored filling. For example, teeth that withstand the most intense bite pressure, such as molars, often benefit most from a metal filling, which is comprised of several highly durable trace metals. However, a tooth-colored filling made from composite resin may be the best option for more visible teeth.

Find Out Which Filling Is Best for You

Cavities come in all shapes and sizes, and each has its own set of unique needs. To find the filling that can treat your cavity best, schedule an appointment by calling 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.

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