River City Dentistry is proud to restore healthy smiles in Post Falls and the surrounding communities. Our experienced doctor and skilled dental team offer metal-free composite fillings to fill cavities, repair teeth, and maintain beautiful smiles! If you or your child need a filling, call our office today! We will see you as soon as possible.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, our dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available, including gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where the filling is needed, and cost. Each filling material is briefly explained below:
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown (or “cap”) may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping. Our dentist will find the correct restorative treatment option to give you back your healthy smile.
Gold fillings are custom-made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
Composite resin fillings are custom-made to match the exact color of your teeth, seamlessly restoring your tooth. They are recommended for patients aged 6 and older for their natural appearance.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
At our comfortable Post Falls dental practice, we offer affordable, natural-looking composite fillings. Composite fillings offer a variety of benefits to our patients, such as:
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