Your teeth are tough, but from time to time, you may find yourself in need of a filling. Usually, the damage to a tooth in need of a filling is the result of caries or some sort of trauma to the tooth. A dental filling is made of a restorative material such as gold, porcelain or composite resin and is used to fill gaps or structural damage in a tooth. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of filling material. We’ll discuss your options with you in as much detail as you like when you come in for your appointment.
Fillings & Extractions
Sometimes, a tooth just has to go. An extraction is often performed when a tooth becomes impacted because it is prevented from growing into its normal position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone or other teeth. Teeth may also be extracted to make more room in the mouth for orthodontic treatment. These teeth are only removed if they are so badly positioned that straightening them is impossible or because they are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. Tooth extractions can usually be performed with local anesthesia and are minimally invasive and painless.