Posts for tag: Fillings

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let a cavity go ignored.

We know that finding out that you have a cavity is never the news you want to hear from our dentists Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan. Unfortunately, cavities are one of the most common dental problems to affect everyone from children to seniors. Here at Family Dental Associates, you can rest assured that you will always get dental fillings from our Port Orchard, WA, dentists that are made from high-quality material that resembles real tooth enamel.

Why choose tooth-colored fillings?

In the past, it was more common to place metal fillings. Perhaps you have one or you know someone who has an amalgam filling. Of course, these fillings are quite visible. This is why our Port Orchard, WA, dentist provides patients with tooth-colored fillings. These restorations blend right in with the rest of your tooth so no one, not even you, will notice it.

What are tooth-colored fillings made from?

The most common material used for these types of fillings is a composite resin because it can be matched to the color of your tooth. This resin is also moldable, making it easy to apply and shape the filling to restore the tooth after the decay has been removed.

Once the filling is in place, our Port Orchard, WA, dentist will need to use a laser to permanently bond the filling directly to the tooth. Since this type of filling bonds directly to tooth enamel, we can preserve more of the tooth’s healthy structure than we would with amalgam fillings.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

You may be surprised to discover that composite resin fillings are actually quite durable. The material alone is strong and, coupled with the fact that it bonds directly to the tooth, makes it even more resilient. Most people can maintain fillings for up to 10 years or more before they need to be replaced. Of course, during your six-month cleanings our Port Orchard, WA, family dentist will also check your filling to make sure that it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Do you have questions about getting tooth-colored fillings? If so, call Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, today at (360) 895-4321 to learn more.

By Family Dental Associates
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fillings don't have to change the way your teeth look. Tooth-colored fillings, a common cosmetic dentistry treatment, offer a more fillingsnatural appearance. Port Orchard, WA, dentists Drs. Tracy Sullivan, Kevin Yoder and Peter Grieser discuss several advantages of tooth-colored fillings.

No clashing colors

Silver amalgam fillings may have offered an effective way to restore teeth damaged by cavities in the past, but they were never attractive. Every time you spoke or laughed, your dental work was visible. Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to match the shade of your teeth.

Because silver is a dark color, your filled tooth may look slightly discolored if you have a large filling. Silver amalgam fillings can actually change the color of your tooth enamel if they begin to leak years after you receive them. These disturbing changes aren't an issue when your teeth are filled with composite resin.

Reduced risk of cracks or breaks

Removing the decayed part of your tooth weakens it to some degree, depending on the size of your cavity. Although some weakening is unavoidable no matter what filling method is used, silver amalgam fillings increase the chance that your tooth will crack or break some day. Every time you eat or drink a hot or cold food or beverage, the metals in your filling expand and contract. Eventually, the tooth may become so stressed that it breaks or cracks.

Tooth-colored fillings don't react to temperature extremes. No matter what you eat or drink, they never change. Composite resin doesn't just fill the space in your tooth, but actually bonds to the surface of your tooth, strengthening it.

Because tooth-colored fillings require the removal of only a small amount of healthy tooth structure, they help protect the structural integrity of your teeth. The smaller the area removed, the stronger your teeth will be.

Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Port Orchard, WA, dentists Drs. Tracy Sullivan, Kevin Yoder and Peter Grieser offer tooth-colored fillings and a range of cosmetic dentistry services. Call them at (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment in Port Orchard, WA.

By Family Dental Associates
March 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

What your dentists in Port Orchard want you to knowdental fillings

Thanks to modern materials and techniques, today’s dental fillings can last many years. That’s not true of older fillings. Not too many years ago, metal fillings were often large and bulky. The combination of metals used wasn’t always long-lasting. Older fillings are often prone to crumbling and breakage. So how do you know you need your fillings replaced? Your dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, want to share the facts about dental fillings.

Your dental filling can fail from decay around the borders of the filling, a condition known as recurrent decay. Fillings can also break if you grind or clench your teeth, or if you’ve experienced dental trauma.

There are some definite signs you need your filling replaced. You need to pay attention to:

  • If you have pain from a tooth, especially to hot, cold or sweets
  • A filling that is chipped, broken or cracked
  • If there is a hole in your filling or tooth
  • If you have an open margin around the filling of a tooth
  • If you think you may have decay around the filling of a tooth

There are some ways you can protect your fillings so they last as long as possible. You need to think about:

  • Having a custom nightguard made if you grind your teeth while you sleep
  • Having a custom mouthguard made if you play contact sports
  • Not chewing on hard things like pencils and not biting your nails
  • Not chewing on ice cubes

If you do have a filling that needs a replacement, don’t worry. Your dentists in Port Orchard offer a full range of state-of-the-art materials for you to choose from including:

  • Conventional metal (amalgam) which is the go-to material in many cases because of its excellent strength and longevity
  • Composite which can be color-matched to your existing teeth; this filling gives you a virtually invisible, natural-looking addition to your smile.
  • Glass ionomer which is typically placed along the gumline; this filling can also be matched to the color of your teeth.
  • Gold or porcelain fillings which are created in a dental laboratory; these fillings will require 2 to 3 appointments.

If you don’t have much tooth structure remaining, your dentists may suggest a dental crown to protect your tooth from further breakage. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-gold, or pure porcelain depending on your needs and the location in your mouth.

If you need your filling replaced, you owe it to yourself to investigate all the available options and materials with an expert. Call your dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, today. Find out more about replacing your damaged filling with a strong, beautiful, modern restorative treatment!

By Family Dental Associates
May 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

No matter how vigilant you are about brushing and flossing, cavities can occur, particularly if it's difficult to remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas. When decay happens, a filling can help restore your tooth. Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS; Peter A. Grieser, DDS; and Kevin L. Yoder, DDS; your Port Orchard dentists, share some information about fillings.Teeth Fillings

How are teeth filled?

After your dentist finds a cavity on your X-rays, he or she uses a dental drill to remove the decayed area. Placing filling material in the tooth not only closes the opening in your tooth but seals the tooth, preventing bacteria from causing additional decay.

How do I know I need a filling?

If your cavity is large enough, your tooth will begin to ache or throb. You may also experience pain or sensitivity when you eat or drink cold or sweet foods and beverages. Pain can worsen when you bite down on the tooth. You probably won't notice any pain if your cavity is detected when it's small. Your yearly X-ray can reveal small areas of tooth decay, allowing your dentist to offer prompt treatment. Because large fillings tend to weaken teeth, treating tooth decay in its earliest stages can help keep your teeth strong and healthy.

What material are used to fill teeth?

Dentist use a variety of materials to fill teeth, including:

Amalgam fillings: Commonly called "silver" fillings because of their color, amalgam fillings actually contain silver, tin, mercury and copper. They hold up to wear and tear very well and are the least expensive type of filling.

Composite fillings: These tooth-colored plastic resin fillings are often used to restore front teeth, although they can be used on any tooth. Some dental plans don't cover composite fillings for all teeth.

Gold fillings: As you can imagine, gold fillings are the most expensive option. Gold is very tough, but some people don't like the look of these fillings.

Ionomer fillings: Acrylic acids and glass powders are used to create tooth-colored Ionomer fillings. These fillings are often used to treat decay on tooth roots.

Protect your oral health with regular dental visits. Call Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS; Peter A. Grieser, DDS; and Kevin L. Yoder, DDS; your Port Orchard dentists, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment today.

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