Dental Fillings

The Best Way to Treat Your Cavity

The best way to treat any dental health issue is to personalize a solution to address your unique concerns. For instance, in the case of cavities (the most common dental health concern), a tooth filling is the most frequently performed restorative treatment. Yet, the type and size of the filling differ depending on the shape, location, and severity of your cavity. For instance, molars in the back of your mouth might benefit most from metal amalgam fillings, while more visible teeth are often prime candidates for more esthetic tooth-colored fillings. To help you treat your cavity most effectively, Dr. Foust will thoroughly examine your tooth and consult with you about which filling may be best. In severe cases, root canal therapy may be necessary, and we may refer you to a trusted endodontist to ensure you receive the highest quality care.

Types of Custom Tooth Fillings

Metal amalgam is a mixture of biocompatible trace metals that are combined to create a customizable filling for mild to moderate cavities. The amalgam is incredibly strong, making it able to withstand even the most intense bite pressures, which makes them most appropriate for molars and back teeth that develop cavities. By contrast, tooth-colored fillings are crafted from a composite of finely ground acrylic particles, which gives the material the ability to be custom-tinted to match any tooth’s unique color. Choosing the right type of filling depends on several different factors, and Dr. Foust will work closely with you to determine which filling is right for you.

Find the Filling that Fits Your Smile Best

When a cavity strikes, the future of your tooth can depend on the type of filling you receive and how soon you receive it. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.