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To restore teeth that may be impacted by decay or trauma, the general dentists at Creek Dental of Salt Lake City and Layton offer dental fillings. Dental fillings are a common restoration that many people require at some point in their lives.
If our family dentists discover during a checkup that you or your child has a cavity, we will recommend you book a follow-up appointment to get a dental filling. At this appointment, our dentists remove the decay and replace it with a restorative material.
Composite dental fillings are the most common type. They are made of a blend of ceramic and plastic materials and they’re popular because they closely match the color of your teeth, so no one can tell you have a filling. They are, however, slightly less durable than amalgam fillings.
Some patients choose amalgam dental fillings — made from an amalgam of metals — because they are cheaper than composite dental fillings. For this reason, they are very strong and durable. But they are also silver-colored, so this makes them a less-desirable choice for many. If the filling is way at the back of the mouth, however, it might not be as easily seen when laughing, talking, or eating.
Ceramic dental fillings are made of porcelain, so they also offer a more pleasing aesthetic appearance than amalgam fillings. They are also more durable than composite fillings and more resistant to staining, so they offer the best of the other two options.
Many patients are understandably disappointed to learn they or their children have cavities. They think they are somehow to blame or that they have failed. And while it is true that cavities can be the result of poor brushing practices, this isn’t always the case.
The shape of your teeth is dependent on genetics. Some teeth have more grooves and are more convoluted than others. Teeth like these tend to harbor more bacteria, and their shape makes it difficult to remove with a toothbrush.
Today, more can be done for our patients in Layton and Salt Lake City to prevent the formation of cavities. This includes putting fluoride in drinking water and applying sealants to children’s teeth to keep out bacteria.
However, no dental procedure can completely eliminate the threat of cavities. Many patients are unhappy to hear they have a cavity because they fear the process of getting a dental filling. But let us reassure you: You will not feel any pain when our general dentists remove your cavity and place your restorative filling.
Our dentists use a numbing agent to render your tooth insensitive to pain throughout the procedure. This numbing sensation wears off after a few hours, during which time we advise patients not to eat, drink, or chew gum, due to the danger of injuring themselves unknowingly in the process.
So relax, and rest assured that it’s much better to get a cavity taken care of right away with a dental filling than it is to wait, risking further damage. If you have tooth pain or are due for a checkup, call our dental offices in Salt Lake City and Layton and make an appointment today.
This was my first time as a patient at Creek Dental and what a beautiful office! The staff was amazing from when you are greeted at the front desk all the way through to X-ray, cleaning, and exam from the doctor. Props to everyone for making my experience at the dentist office a positive one!!- Rob G.
Creek Dental is great! Great staff and great experience…everyone was knowledgeable, courteous, and very professional. I definitely would recommend Creek Dental. 5/5 – would get teeth cleaned here again- Marshal L
The staff was amazing! The doctors and hygienist were compassionate, caring and thorough. They helped my daughter when she was feeling anxious and made her feel comfortable. Would 10/10 recommend!- Ashley B.
They are friendly and they walk through the process with you. I’ve always hated going to the dentist but at this place it is a lot more comforting and a better experience all around. Thank you.- Tracy C.
I am happy that I could find this dental office. The staff are amazing, the service is great. I took my mom there to get new dentures. Everyone did their job very quickly and professional. Thank you guys! I’d highly recommend to visit this dental office.- Karine M.
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