Porcelain Fillings Specialist

Wedgewood Dental

Linda K. Westmoreland , DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Rolla, MO & Salem, MO

There are many kinds of dental fillings, but porcelain is an option that offers one of the most natural-looking restorations to repair your cavity or tooth decay. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, of Wedgewood Dental offers same-day porcelain fillings, using the CEREC method to create your natural-looking tooth repair. If you would like to discuss using porcelain fillings for your dental restoration, call or book an appointment online with her office in Rolla, Missouri.

Porcelain Fillings Q & A

When is a filling necessary?

Dental fillings are necessary when you have tooth decay, commonly called a cavity or dental caries. Tooth decay causes damage to the hard surface of your tooth, creating small holes or openings in the tooth. These spaces can collect food, and can be a breeding ground for infection.

Without treatment, cavities can erode the tooth to such a degree that nerves are exposed, causing severe pain. Cavities can also lead to tooth loss and oral infections. You may not have any symptoms of a cavity initially, but may eventually cause:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth pain
  • Sharp pain with cold or hot temperatures
  • Discoloration on the surface on the tooth

Treatment of tooth decay requires removal of the diseased material. This leaves a space in the tooth that requires a dental filling to fill the space and protect the remainder of the tooth.

What kinds of fillings are there?

There are many kinds of fillings, and each has their own pros and cons. The filling that is best for you depends on the extent of your tooth decay, as well as other factors like location and aesthetics.

Types of fillings include:

  • Gold
  • Silver amalgam, a combination of metals
  • Composite resin, made with glass or plastic
  • Glass ionomer
  • Ceramic, like porcelain

Dr. Westmoreland discusses with you what filling may be best for you. She may suggest porcelain as an ideal option for you, as it has certain benefits over some of the other fillings.

What are the benefits of porcelain fillings?

Porcelain fillings are ideal for large cavities, especially where large chewing areas are necessary.

Other benefits include:

  • Tooth-colored, can be customized and matched exactly
  • Natural looking, matching the appearance of enamel
  • Last around 10-15 years
  • Resistant to staining
  • Wear-resistant
  • Unaffected by heat

Wedgewood Dental is proud to offer same-day porcelain fillings using the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramic (CEREC) machine. This is specialized dental technology that creates a digital mold and exact, color-matched restoration while you wait.

If you would like to discuss using porcelain fillings for your dental restoration, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Westmoreland at Wedgewood Dental.