How dental fillings restore a smile impacted by tooth decay

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, area dentists find that dental fillings are the most reliable method of restoring a tooth that has been damaged from cavities. Our team at Main Line Dental Health & Wellness can educate you on fillings and when they are best used to restore the smile!

Happy lady after tooth filling

What are dental fillings?

Drs. Jerald S. Matt and Naila Bryan describe dental fillings, or “cavity fillings,” as restorations used to repair a tooth that has been affected by tooth decay. Many dentists used amalgam fillings in the past, but studies continue to show that these fillings are not the best for the smile. Amalgam is composed of about 50% mercury, which is a toxic material. Instead, many dentists today offer composite resin fillings as an alternative to amalgam fillings.

Composite fillings are fabricated from a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass particles bonded directly to the teeth, creating a strong and aesthetically pleasing restoration. This type of filling does not contain mercury, nor does it have any other metals or materials in its composition. Composite resin fillings can be used for any teeth in the smile and are matched to the natural color of your teeth for a seamless look. These fillings are durable and long-lasting, making them an excellent choice for restoring any teeth that cavities have damaged. Composite restoration is always the first choice in our office!

Do I need a dental crown?

Sometimes, a cavity may be too large or deep to fill with a composite resin filling. If this is the case, your dentist may determine that you need a dental crown instead. A dental crown is a restoration made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain, which encases the entire white portion of the affected tooth above the gum line. This type of restoration provides extensive coverage and strengthens weak teeth while improving aesthetics. Dental crowns are also used for teeth that have recently had root canal therapy, as they can cause a weaker tooth structure and need additional strength and protection.

If you need a dental filling or have any other questions about restorative dentistry, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team of professionals at Main Line Dental Health & Wellness today! Call (610) 947-5566 to request an appointment at our facility, located at 776 West Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.