Dental Fillings and Oral Health

Dental fillings play a crucial role in preserving the integrity of teeth and preventing further decay. Dr. Brian Sang and his team at Palmetto Smiles in Florence, SC, specialize in providing high-quality dental care, including the application of dental fillings. 

Types of Dental Fillings

Dr. Brian Sang offers a variety of dental fillings tailored to meet individual needs. Each type comes with unique advantages, ensuring optimal results for every patient.  

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings, often known as silver fillings, provide durability and longevity. Dentists have used amalgam for over a century due to its strength, especially in the back teeth, where biting forces are the greatest. Although not as aesthetically pleasing as other materials, amalgam fillings remain a reliable choice for many patients at Palmetto Smiles.  

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings, composed of a tooth-colored resin, blend seamlessly with natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing result. These fillings work well for both front and back teeth, offering strength and durability. Dr. Brian Sang recommends composite fillings for patients who prioritize a natural appearance without compromising on functionality.  

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings, made from porcelain, also offer a tooth-colored option. These fillings resist staining better than composite resin and last longer. While they may cost more, ceramic fillings provide outstanding durability and aesthetics. Dr. Brian Sang ensures that these fillings match the natural color of your teeth, offering a near-invisible repair.  

Benefits of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings provide numerous benefits that contribute to overall oral health. Dr. Brian Sang emphasizes the importance of addressing cavities and damaged teeth promptly.  

Restoring Tooth Function

Dental fillings restore the function of affected teeth, enabling proper chewing and biting. This helps prevent further dental issues and maintains overall oral health. Patients at Palmetto Smiles experience improved comfort and functionality following treatment.  

Preventing Further Decay

By sealing off cavities, dental fillings prevent bacteria from entering and causing further decay. This protective barrier halts the progression of tooth decay, preserving the tooth’s integrity. Dr. Brian Sang ensures that fillings effectively block out harmful bacteria.  

Improving Overall Oral Health

  Addressing cavities and decay with dental fillings improves overall oral health. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to better systemic health. Regular visits to Dr. Brian Sang at Palmetto Smiles ensure ongoing maintenance of oral health and prevention of future issues.  

Care and Maintenance of Dental Fillings

Proper care and maintenance of dental fillings extend their lifespan and preserve oral health. Dr. Brian Sang provides comprehensive guidance on maintaining dental fillings effectively.  

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular check-ups allow Dr. Brian Sang to monitor the condition of dental fillings and address any issues promptly. These visits also provide an opportunity for professional cleanings and preventative care.  

Proper Oral Hygiene Habits

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily and flossing, helps prevent decay and gum disease. Dr. Brian Sang recommends using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel and protect against cavities.  

Avoiding Habits That Can Damage Fillings

To protect dental fillings, avoid habits such as chewing on hard objects or grinding teeth. Using a mouthguard at night can prevent damage from teeth grinding. Dr. Brian Sang can provide custom mouthguards for added protection.  Through the expertise of Dr. Brian Sang at Palmetto Smiles, patients receive top-quality care tailored to their individual needs. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Brian Sang today to discuss how dental fillings can enhance your oral health.