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Buyer’s Guide to Tooth Fillings: What You Need to Know

Whether you are experiencing your first cavity or looking to replace an old filling, understanding your options for tooth fillings is crucial. This guide will give you thorough information on the several kinds of dental fillings we offer, their advantages, and what to anticipate both before and after the procedure. 

Our goal is to provide you with the necessary information to make well-informed decisions regarding your dental health in a welcoming setting.

What are Tooth Fillings?

Dental fillings are used to return teeth that have been weakened by decay to their natural form and function. Your dentist will first remove the decaying tooth material from the cavity, clean the damaged area, and then apply a filling material to the cleaned-out cavity. This process not only repairs the tooth but also prevents further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.

Types of Fillings Offered at Village Smile Care

We understand that each patient’s needs are unique, which is why we offer a variety of filling materials to cater to different preferences and requirements:

  • Composite Fillings: These are popular option for visible regions because they may be carefully matched to the color of your natural teeth. They are made of a mixture of plastic and small glass particles. They offer strong durability and fracture resistance because they adhere directly to the tooth structure.
  • Amalgam Fillings: Frequently called silver fillings, these are composed of a blend of metals, comprising copper, tin, silver, and mercury. Amalgam is known for its strength and durability, making it suitable for fillings in the back teeth where chewing pressure is greatest.
  • Gold Fillings: Cast gold fillings, made of gold alloy, are considered some of the most durable filling materials available and can last more than 20 years. Gold is well-tolerated by gum tissues and holds up well to the wear and tear of chewing.
  • Ceramic Fillings: Typically made from porcelain, ceramic fillings are resistant to staining and abrasion more than composite resin. They are also aesthetically pleasing but can be as abrasive as gold fillings.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: These fillings are made from acrylic and a specific type of glass material. They release fluoride over time, which can help protect the tooth from further decay. However, they are less durable than other types and are mostly used for fillings below the gum line or for young children.

Benefits of Getting Fillings

The primary benefit of tooth fillings is the prevention of further decay and damage to your teeth. Additional benefits include:

  • Restoration of Oral Health: Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their original shape and function.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: Especially with tooth-colored fillings like composite and ceramic, you can achieve a natural look that enhances your smile.
  • Prevention of Tooth Loss: By addressing cavities early, fillings can prevent conditions that might lead to tooth loss.

What to Expect During the Filling Procedure

The procedure for getting a tooth filled at Village Smile Care is straightforward:

  • Initial Consultation: To assess the level of decay in your teeth, your dentist will take X-rays during your examination.
  • Preparation: To provide comfort, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area surrounding the damaged tooth.
  • Decay Removal: The dentist will remove the decay inside the cavity, usually with a drill or laser.
  • Filling Application: The cavity will be filled with the chosen material.
  • Polishing: After the filling has been placed, your dentist will finish and polish it to ensure the shape and bite are correct.

Aftercare for Tooth Fillings

It is common to feel some sensitivity to pressure and extremes of temperature for a few days following a filling. However, this discomfort should fade. Good oral hygiene practices—brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular checkups—are crucial to prolong the life of your fillings and maintain overall dental health.

Affordable Dental Fillings at Village Smile Care

At Village Smile Care, we understand that managing dental care costs is crucial for our patients. That’s why we’re committed to providing affordable options for dental fillings without compromising on quality. Here, we’ll discuss the typical cost range for different types of dental fillings and outline how choosing us can help you save money while receiving top-notch dental treatment.

Cost Range for Dental Fillings

The cost of dental fillings can vary widely depending on the material used and the complexity of the cavity. Here’s a general overview of what you might expect:

Composite Fillings: These tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Typically, the cost for composite fillings can range from $150 to $300 per tooth.

Amalgam Fillings: Known for their durability and strength, amalgam fillings are less expensive than composite fillings. They usually cost between $100 and $200 per tooth.

  • Gold Fillings: While offering exceptional durability, gold fillings are the most expensive due to the material costs. The price for gold fillings can range from $250 to $450 per tooth.
  • Ceramic Fillings: These are about as expensive as gold fillings, usually ranging from $250 to $450 per tooth because of their excellent cosmetic results and durability.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: Generally the least expensive option, these fillings cost between $100 and $250 per tooth and are often used for non-load-bearing areas or temporary fillings.

Saving Money on Dental Fillings at Village Smile Care

Choosing Village Smile Care for your dental fillings brings several financial advantages:

  • Insurance Assistance: We help you navigate your dental insurance to maximize your benefits. Our team is adept at handling claims and will ensure you get the most coverage possible for your fillings.
  • Quality Materials that Last: Investing in high-quality fillings means fewer visits to the dentist for repairs or replacements. This not only saves you money in the long run but also minimizes your time in the dental chair.
  • Transparent Pricing: We believe in transparent pricing without any hidden fees. During your consultation, we provide a detailed breakdown of costs associated with your filling, so you know exactly what to expect.
  • Preventative Care Focus: By focusing on preventative care, we help minimize future dental problems that could lead to more extensive and expensive treatments. Regular check-ups allow us to catch issues early when they’re easier and less costly to treat.
  • Flexible Payment Options: Understanding that dental treatments can be a significant expense, we offer various payment plans to spread the costs over time, making them more manageable.

At Village Smile Care, our goal is to make dental care accessible and affordable for all of our patients. We’re committed to providing you with the highest quality care while ensuring that you can manage the costs effectively. If you have any questions about dental fillings or need help planning your treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Let us help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile in a way that also looks after your wallet!

Why Choose Village Smile Care?

Our mission at Village Smile Care is to deliver excellent dental care in a warm, friendly setting. For the finest results for your dental health, our skilled dentists employ the newest methods and supplies. We are committed to providing individualized care since we recognize that every patient has specific needs.

If you’re considering a dental filling, don’t hesitate to contact us at Village Smile Care. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile through expert care and guidance.

Village Smile Care. 1730 Springdale St. Mt Horeb, WI 53572. Call (608) 437-7645

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