Practiced for decades, dental fillings are one of the most popular and reliable ways to improve the strength of a decaying tooth. Teeth are affected by bacteria from our diets and saliva, as well as food particles that become lodged in the teeth. When the bacteria take their toll on a tooth, it can result in serious structural decay.
As teeth are largely made up of minerals, they are susceptible to decay caused by the buildup of acidic substances in the mouth. Many of the most common bacteria in the mouth interact with simple sugars to make saliva more acidic. This results in tooth decay and the need for restorative dental fillings to strengthen and improve teeth.
Dental fillings vary in severity, material, and scale, and as such can vary dramatically in terms of cost. Small dental fillings using amalgam are inexpensive and very easy to install, making them a great option for the rear teeth where aesthetics are less of a concern.
Cavity fillings that use dental composite or porcelain are typically more costly and will require greater patient upkeep. Your dentist can discuss the ideal material for your cavity fillings with you, taking into account your budget and aesthetic needs, to help you find a material that suits your price range and aesthetic desires.
Having your dental fillings installed in Costa Rica allows you to save a large amount of money compared to the United States. Patients can save up to 70 percent on their surgery from an experienced dentist in Costa Rica, as well as enjoying a relaxing and culturally enriching vacation in a tropical paradise.
With internationally trained dentists and experienced experts on hand, having your restorative dental work carried out in Costa Rica means large savings and the same high quality that you would receive back home. From amalgam fillings to composite materials than blend in with your natural teeth, enjoy a stronger smile with dental fillings.
Dental fillings are made from a variety of strong, malleable substances. Some of the most common materials for dental fillings include gold, amalgam, and porcelain, and dental composites. In recent years, most dentists have started using composite as a filling material to reduce the darkened appearance of amalgam and gold fillings.
Before installing a dental filling, your dentist will drill into the tooth to remove all of the decayed tooth material and prevent the bacterial decay from spreading further in the tooth. A filling will then be installed to hold the tooth together and improve its strength, as well as making it impossible for the bacterial decay to reenter the tooth.
The optimum material for a cavity filling depends on the tooth itself. Cavity fillings are most frequently installed in the rear teeth (molars) where chewing pressure is great. As such, many dentists will choose a hard material such as amalgam to keep the tooth strong, or a lighter material such as composite to improve aesthetics.
For the middle teeth, particularly the pre-molars where dental fillings are far more visible, dentists will tend to choose materials that maintain natural aesthetics. You don’t need to worry about having ‘black spots’ in your smile with these teeth – most pre-molar fillings are made from a white composite or ceramic material.