The Material Used for a Filling Will Be Largely Determined by the Tooth’s Location and Function

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Here at American Fork Family Dentist, our team commonly uses fillings to repair small to medium-sized areas of tooth decay. The material used will be largely determined by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth, the location of the cavity, and the filling’s visibility in your smile.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be shaded to match the surrounding enamel. These fillings can be applied in a single appointment.

Porcelain-ceramic fillings are a good choice for teeth that appear in your smile. The porcelain material can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. Porcelain fillings are made in a laboratory and then fitted during a follow-up appointment.

The biting surfaces of your back teeth are often used to do a lot of chewing and grinding. This makes durable materials, like gold and base metals, a good choice for fillings in these areas. Just like porcelain fillings, gold inlays and onlays need to be custom made in a dental lab before being cemented into your cavity at a brief follow-up appointment.

Amalgam fillings are less expensive than gold, yet they are just as durable. Amalgam is dark in color so it is rarely used to fill a cavity in a tooth that is visible in your smile.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting our office at 801-756-2809 to have it examined, treated and repaired with a dental filling in American Fork, Utah.