My Filling Is Made Of What?!

At some point in our lives almost everyone will have make at least one visit to a dentist. Of course the one visit ones being the very lucky ones for certain. The rest of us will make many visits and depending on how you care for your teeth, some of those won’t be fun.

Most people make at least annual visits to have their teeth checked by the dentist and cleaned by a dental hygienist. During the course of the exam, and combined with the amount of junk food that most of us ingest these days, chances are that you will get cavities somewhere along the way.

To address these ‘cavities’ or decaying portions of your teeth, the dentist will have to remove them and replace with a ‘filling’ of some type. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth. This could be from something as simple as nail biting or neglect up to an accident.

Many of the choices of fillings that will be used can be based on your dental insurance and how much you want to pay for them. They range in materials and basically there are five types. Those are:

1. Cast Gold
2. Silver Fillings (Amalgams)
3. Tooth-colored Composites
4. Ceramics
5. Glass ionomer

There are of course advantages and disadvantages to all of these, which your dentist can go over with you. Many times your dental insurance plans will not permit certain types of fillings and you need to find out about that as well. Also it should be noted that not all dentists do all types of fillings. Some simply do not have the equipment required or the training to accomplish it.

In summing it all up, fillings for your teeth can be your choice. You can select which type you want, and what it will look like when you are done. You can base your decision on how long you want them to last, what color you want, and how much you do or do not have to pay. If you have ever noticed, most movie stars, particularly the ladies, have beautiful teeth. Most of those are bought and paid for.

When you select the filling you want used in correcting your cavities or repair work being done, you should consult with your dentist and if he/she cannot do what you want done, check elsewhere. Try to think how you feel when someone smiles at you. Is that something you really notice and if so, what is your smile saying about you?