Dental fillings play an important role in dentistry, remaining one of the most common dental treatments today- and one that most people will receive at some point in their lives. Although the common recommendation for a tooth cavity, a dental filling can actually serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes for teeth that are decayed and/or damaged.
Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Mullarkey use a range of quality materials for placing dental fillings, depending on the size and location of the affected tooth and the cosmetic goals of the patient. In most cases, they will recommend a composite resin, or white, filling for an aesthetically pleasing result that will provide both durability and protection from future decay.
Types of Dental Fillings
- Amalgam, or silver fillings: the traditional material used for dental fillings, amalgam remains widely used today for its durability and reasonable cost.
- Gold fillings: a costly dental filling alternative, gold is an option for larger back teeth with varied biting surfaces because of its strength and lasting durability.
- Composite resin: also called a white filling, composite resin is also a durable material that can be color matched for a natural looking result, especially recommended for teeth that are visible when smiling.
- Porcelain fillings: also known as an inlay or onlay, a porcelain fillings provides superior strength and stain resistance as well as an aesthetically pleasing result.
Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey will recommend the most suitable option(s) for your unique dental health needs and cosmetic concerns and place your dental filling in their Arlington Heights dentist office.
Pain Free Dental Fillings
Using the DentalVibe injection system and an anesthetic wand, Dr. Engelberg and his staff can ensure that you experience as little discomfort as possible during your dental filling procedure- even patients with an extreme fear of needles will find they hardly feel a thing with this technology.
The anesthetic wand provides more comfortable, accurate delivery of a local anesthetic for patients, with fewer side effects such as residual numbness in other parts of the mouth.