Are you experiencing a toothache? Maybe you notice discomfort when eating or drinking something hot or cold? Are there visible holes in your teeth? Do you see brown, black or white stains on the surfaces of your teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be suffering from tooth decay.

What Are Dental Fillings?

A dental filling is a treatment used to restore teeth damaged by tooth decay or trauma. This treatment can restore your teeth back to their normal shape and function. During the procedure, we prepare the tooth to accommodate the new filling material and remove all decay. We then clean the affected area and fill it with restorative material.

Tooth-Colored Fillings: The Aesthetically Appealing Option

There are many types of dental filling materials including: amalgam (silver) as well as gold inlays and onlays. Perhaps, however, the most aesthetically pleasing option today is tooth-colored filling material or composite.

Aside from its natural appearance, here are some of other advantages of tooth-colored fillings:

  • Composite can be used on both the front and back teeth without compromising aesthetics.
  • Unlike other types of filling materials, which reach maximum strength in about 24 hours, tooth-colored fillings harden in seconds with the use of an ultraviolet light.
  • Composites can be easily repaired when damaged.

If you’re interested in replacing your old amalgam fillings or are simply looking for ways to fix your tooth decay, Katie Reardon DDS and her team at General Dentistry Limited can help.

Give us a call today at 605-339-1381 for quality tooth-colored fillings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We look forward to hearing from you!