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Dental Fillings: How The Times Have Changed

Dental Fillings PleasantonWe pride ourselves on offering the most comfortable and convenient cutting-edge services at Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, and this includes your tooth filling treatments. Nearly everyone finds themselves with cavities at least once in a lifetime. We want to give you a smile that you can be proud of with the best dental techniques and outstanding and professional service. 

Dental restoration is a rapidly changing field. We believe it’s vital that practices change to include procedures that provide the safest and most affordable dental filling options possible.

Historical Cavity Repair 

Only a few years ago, the skeletal remains of a person were discovered sporting the oldest dental repair ever seen. It was discovered by archaeologists at an Ice Age site in Italy and is reported to be approximately 13,000 years old. 

Resourceful practitioners of medicine drilled out cavities with stone tools only to fill them with beeswax. There have been many types of fillings for teeth since then. Some have become outdated and are being phased out in favor of safer, longer-lasting techniques. 

Here are some of the most notable techniques used to fill cavities throughout history.

  • Mercury Or Amalgam Fillings
  • Tooth-Colored Composite
  • Gold Fillings
  • Mixed Metal Fillings
  • Ceramic Fillings
  • Porcelain Fillings
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings

What Are Your Options Today?

Fillings have become safer (with fewer side effects), more comfortable, and improved for durability and pleasing aesthetics. Now you can get a white filling that closely resembles your natural teeth so that it cannot be noticed when you talk or laugh. Children may need glass ionomer fillings that help repair tooth mass over time. 

Options like these are available to you through reputable and enterprising family dentists like Gateway Dental Care.

Gold, Porcelain & More

Some options, such as gold, porcelain, or ceramic dental fillings may be more expensive, but save money in the long run. They tend to retain their structural integrity for up to fifteen years. 

It’s crucial to find a dentist who is willing to work with you and help you weigh your needs with the best available solutions.

Choosing Your Dentist

At Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA, we make many of the newest filling techniques available to you. With options like these, there’s no reason to continue living with the pain of untreated cavities or old, outdated fillings. Contact us today to schedule your dental filling evaluation.