Dr. Neeraj Khanna is a general and restorative dentist in Geneva, Illinois. We offer a complete range of dental restorations such as fillings to restore proper health and function to teeth that are affected by decay, wear and trauma.
Dental fillings protect teeth as well as add strength and durability. There are many types of dental fillings and Dr. Khanna will help you select the filling that is right for your needs, goals and budget.
Types of Dental Fillings
- Dental Composites – “White Fillings” – Dental composites are also called white fillings. Crowns and in-lays can also be made in the laboratory from dental composites. These materials are similar to those used in direct fillings and are tooth colored. Their strength and durability is not as high as porcelain or metal restorations and they are more prone to wear and discoloration.
- Silver/Mercury Dental Fillings – Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.
- Gold Dental Fillings – Gold fillings are one of the preferred types of fillings because they offer unparalleled strength and durability. Gold fillings are extremely comfortable and compatible with teeth and are well suited for the restoration of teeth in the back of the mouth.
- Porcelain Dental Fillings – Porcelain inlays and tooth-colored restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable), but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Sealants vs. Dental Fillings
Patients will frequently ask what the difference is between a sealant and a filling. While fillings are used for teeth that have been affected by decay or other damage, sealants are used to prevent decay.
Tooth sealants are highly effective and often used on children’s teeth. Sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.