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Fillings have played an essential role in restorative dentistry throughout the history of dental treatment. Yet materials and techniques continue to improve. You can count on Dr. Justin Cress in Twin Falls to address your needs with methods that preserve as much tooth structure as possible, while providing attractive, functional results.

Common questions about the dental fillings procedure in Twin Falls

While most people are familiar with the concept of getting a cavity filling, some misperceptions about the process still exist. The answers to these questions will help you understand how Dr. Cress approach this treatment.

  • Why are fillings silver? They do not have to be. Traditional fillings are a mixture or amalgamation of mercury, silver, and other metals. While this material is sturdy, most people would rather not have noticeable fillings. We offer composite fillings made of tooth-colored resin combined with finely powdered glass for light reflecting qualities that mimic natural enamel
  • Are composite resin fillings as good as amalgam? In many ways they are superior. Composite fillings are strong and durable. A lesser amount of natural structure is removed to prepare the tooth, so they are also conservative. Since the restoration is bonded to the tooth structure, it actually strengthens dentition. The material contains no mercury or metal, so it is non-reactive and does not conduct heat or cold, which can sensitize teeth
  • What is the best option for a front tooth filling? While cavities are more common in back molars, a front tooth may develop decay at the gumline, or get a chip or fracture. Composite filling material is a good choice for this visible area of the smile
  • When is a temporary filling used? A temporary filling is made of less durable material, and it is more easily removed than an amalgam or composite “permanent” tooth filling. This type of restoration is generally used to relieve sensitivity while allowing further evaluation of a dental condition. An interim filling may also be placed in an emergency or following root canal therapy, while a crown is being fabricated at a dental lab

New patients from Buhl, Hailey, Jerome, Kimberly, and Twin Falls are welcome at Justin C. Cress, DDS. Get your questions about dental fillings answered at (208) 544-4848.

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