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Dental Fillings: Know Your Material Marietta, GA

Dental Fillings: Know Your Material

Healthy Teeth Picture Marietta GA

Most people are familiar with the term “dental filling,” as it is the treatment of choice when a cavity needs to be repaired. When decay (or a cavity) has caused an area of damage in a tooth, a dental filling is what dentists use to restore the tooth back to its original structure and integrity. A filling procedure may require anesthetics but it is a relatively quick and painless process. While fillings have been used to repair tooth decay for many decades, the material used in fillings has changed and advanced for the better.

Dental fillings serve an overall purpose of restoring minor damage within a tooth, but not all fillings are equal. The most common materials used for fillings include amalgam, gold, composite, and porcelain. It is important to ask your dentist which filling materials are offered and determine which one you prefer inside your mouth.

The Drawbacks of Silver Fillings

Amalgam fillings (also called silver or metal fillings) contain materials like mercury, chromium, beryllium or nickel. Unfortunately, these components can cause side effects or even allergic reactions for certain people. While amalgam is less expensive and highly durable, it also has a dark color that is highly visible within your smile. Therefore, it is not best to use a silver filling on any of your front teeth. Leakage and cracking are also potential concerns when living with a silver filling.

A More Popular Filling Material

Composite fillings have quickly become the preferred standard in terms of dental fillings. One of the reasons that they retain their popularity is that composite resin fillings do not pose a threat to aesthetics. They can be made to match your tooth enamel in exact shade. This means that composite material fillings can be used on any tooth within your smile, and they can even correct cracks and chips as well as decay. Tooth-colored fillings don’t contain any mercury or metal components, and they require less removal of healthy tooth structure when they are placed.  You can expect a composite filling to last anywhere from 3 to 10 years with proper care.

Fillings are Softer and Demand Care

While dental filling material has drastically improved over the past several years, fillings are still not as strong as your natural enamel. To keep your fillings intact and maximize your investment, don’t chew on hard things like ice, nuts or candy. If you experience pain around your filling, always consult your dentist right away.

Does a tooth-colored filling sound more appealing than a flashy silver filling? Let us repair your tooth with materials that are both proven and preferred. Contact us now to learn more about the benefits of composite resin fillings.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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