Do you need a single tooth or many teeth filled? We offer fillings to patients in the West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, IL, and we are a short drive away from anywhere in the city. Get to us from anywhere near West Lawn in Chicago, IL:
Chicago, IL 60632
One of our locations are typically less than 20 minutes away from anywhere in Chicago. Our mission is to provide compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment. We strive to make each one of our patients feel like a family member, with friendly, attentive service and personal attention to your needs.
What is a filling?
A filling is a way to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. When one of our caring dentists gives you a filling, he/she first removes the decay, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a special material.
By sealing up the space where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent decay in the future. The materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, composite resin (which closely matches the color of teeth), and an amalgam (which is an alloy of silver, copper, tin, mercury, and sometimes zinc).
Which filling is best for me?
Each filling is different. What is right for you will be determined by a combination of factors: the extent of required repairs, whether you have allergies to certain medicines, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost. Some considerations include:
- Gold fillings are made to order in a lab and then cemented into place. Most gums tolerate gold well, and they can last more than 20 years. However, it's the most expensive choice, extremely visible, and may require multiple visits to place.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are relatively inexpensive and resistant to wear and tear. They are more noticeable than porcelain or compsite fillings, and as such they are not usually used in highly visible areas of your mouth, like your front teeth.
- Composite (plastic) fillings are matched to be the same color as your teeth. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they then harden. Composites may chip or wear over time, and as such they are not good for large holes. They can also become stained from coffee, tea, or tobacco, and usually last only 3 to 10 years.
- Porcelain fillings are made to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can also be matched to the color of the tooth, and they resist staining. Their cost is similar to gold.
How do I know if I need a filling?
Your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. Your dentist will probably also take x-rays of your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.
How much does a filling cost?
This depends on the type of material, the location of the tooth, and what other concerns you might have. We recommend you call one of our locations to make an appointment and see us today.
How do I care for a filling?
Dental fillings require the same level of care as your regular teeth. Brushing, flossing, and other normal preventative treatment, along with biannual checkups will ensure your fillings last for years to come.
We are happy to help people near West Lawn in Chicago get a filling and receive compassionate care for their whole family.
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Chicago, IL 60634
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