Dental Fillings in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN
No matter your oral health needs, Holger Dental Group and our dentists near you are ready to help! One of the most common services our team offers is dental fillings! You’ve likely heard a thousand times that everyone should brush for two minutes, twice daily. Followed by flossing, you’d think that’d give you perfect oral hygiene.
While those are crucial habits to have, many people will still need fillings near you. Tooth decay and bacteria can be caused by a number of things, such as your environment, personal habits, or genetics. It’s best if Holger Dental Group’s dentists in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN address the issue before more severe damage occurs.
Types of Fillings and Filling Materials
Not all fillings are the same. We use a variety of different materials to get the job done. Certain materials are used in specific circumstances, and each come with their own benefits. Some of the most commonly used materials are:
- Silver amalgam
While gold fillings are one of the pricier options, they’re one of the most durable and longest-lasting materials as well. Gold fillings last up to fifteen years when paired with proper oral hygiene. This is thanks to gold being a non-corrosive substance, making it a great choice for patients of all ages.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
In the past, silver amalgam fillings were the most commonly used. Over the years, as dentistry continued to advance, silver fillings were found to contain mercury and are aesthetically displeasing.
Glass ionomers, also called acrylic fillings, are generally used on children with cavities. One reason they’re used for children is because they last around five years, which is great as children’s teeth are continually changing. This material contains fluoride to help prevent future tooth decay.
Ceramic fillings are made with porcelain and are known as one of the most durable options. They blend in well with your natural surrounding teeth. Porcelain can become rough if not properly cared for. Be sure to keep up on your regular oral health routine after getting ceramic fillings.