Cavities are one of the most common dental issues, and there are many different types of filling materials available, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Today, the most common type of filling used in the North Shore and Lakeview are composite fillings. Composite fillings are a conservative, natural-looking type of dental filling for treating cavities, repairing cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down by grinding and nail-biting.
Here at Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center, our team of North Shore and Lakeview dentists insert composite fillings for children and adults. Here is everything you need to know about these common dental repairs and services.
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What are Fillings?
Composite fillings, also known as composite resins and tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to midsize fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more appropriate and aesthetically pleasing for visible teeth toward the front of the mouth. As with most dental repairs and restorations, composite fillings do not last forever and will need to be replaced at some point.
Dental Filling Materials
When you need to get dental fillings placed, you will have your choice of a few different filling materials. Here are some of the most common:
- Composite: Can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Slightly more expensive than silver filling and does not last as long.
- Gold fillings: Very strong, non-corrosive, and can last up to 15 years with proper care. However, they are much more expensive than silver fillings.
- Silver fillings: Very strong and sturdy, but many people do not find them to be attractive. They are also more likely to expand and contract, causing tooth cracks.
- Ceramic fillings: Made of porcelain and are very aesthetically pleasing.
- Glass ionomers: Often last for less than five years but are a good choice for children.
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Studies have shown that composite fillings last on average seven to 10 years, which is comparable to silver fillings.
Because composite fillings last anywhere from seven to 10 years, they have average durability compared to the other types of fillings. While gold fillings are the most durable and long-lasting, they are by far the most expensive option.
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are typically placed in one appointment. When your tooth is numb, our dentist will remove decay as necessary. Space will be cleaned and prepared before the filling is placed. If the decay was near the tooth’s nerve, a special medication will be applied for added protection.
Factors that Impact Composite Filling Cost in Chicago
These factors can impact how much your fillings cost:
- Placement of the filling
- The tooth’s function
- Type of filling
Get in Touch
To make an appointment for a composite filling, contact our Lakeview dentist at 773-525-5545 or North Shore dentist at 224-282-8939.