Dental fillings are often to used to protect tooth cavities, but can be also used to repair cracked, worn or broken teeth. Skokie, IL dentist Dr. Jessie Kunnel offers several choice in material for tooth fillings including composite materials and porcelain for the most natural looking restorations.
Types of Dental Fillings
Resin Dental Fillings (Tooth Bonding)
Resin tooth fillings are ideal for patients who have minimal decay or minor cosmetic problems. The dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth and sculpt it into form for an invisible restoration. In most cases, tooth bonding procedures are complete in a single visit. Resin dental fillings can be very long lasting when properly cared for, but do not last as long as a porcelain filling.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
For more significant damage or decay, our dentists may recommend a porcelain dental fillings, also known as an inlay, onlay or partial crown. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. Porcelain fillings can be extremely long lasting when properly cared for.
Gold Dental Fillings
Gold tooth fillings are extremely durable and long lasting and may offer the best restoration for teeth in the back of the mouth. Like porcelain fillings, gold restorations are fabricated in a dental laboratory.
What to Expect During Dental Filling Procedure
The exact procedure for your tooth filling may vary based on the size, location and type of tooth filling. If you are concerned about tooth pain, Dr. Kunnel may give you a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain during the filling procedure.
First, Dr. Kunnel will prepare the tooth by removing any existing fillings or traces of decay. For resin fillings, the dentist will apply a tooth colored plastic directly to the tooth and cure it using a special light.
Porcelain and gold tooth fillings are made in a dental laboratory and cemented into place in our Skokie, IL dentist office. This type of filling typically takes two to three appointments. The dentist may place a temporary filling on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
Dental Filling FAQs
What is the best type of filling?
There is no-one-size-fits-all solution in dentistry. Skokie dentist Dr. Kunnel will evaluate your condition and recommend the best choice for your personal situation. Generally speaking, for teeth in the smile zone, a tooth colored filling is best for the most natural appearance. Teeth in the back of the mouth often benefit from a more durable material like gold.
Do you fix broken fillings?
If you have a lost or broken filling, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We make all attempts to see patients for dental emergencies on the same day. Our dentists will provide prompt attention to repair the damaged tooth and restore the dental filling. Please do not attempt to reglue the filling to your tooth as you could cause further damage.
Can you replace my metal fillings with white fillings?
Dr. Kunnel is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Skokie, IL. We are able to replace worn or unsightly metal fillings with more comfortable and natural looking alternatives.