Fillings Specialist

JD Dental Care

Benjamin Jin, DDS

Dentist located in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

For patients with cavities, there are several treatments which can fix the tooth and offer durable, natural-looking results. JD Dental Care can help patients from throughout San Francisco and the surrounding area of Lower Pacific Heights, choose the best option for their distinctive filling needs.

Fillings Q & A

What is a Filling?

A filling is used to correct a tooth which has been harmed by decay and has a cavity. These fillings return the tooth to normal function and shape. When used, the dentist will first eliminate any decay and clean away affected tooth material. Next, the cleaned out cavity will be filled with one of available materials. A filling also helps to prevent additional decay.

What Types of Fillings Are Available?

The type of filling which is suitable for a person will depend on the degree of the damage, whether the individual has allergies to specific substances, where the cavity is located in the mouth, and the cost of the material. The materials used include:

  • Gold fillings and inlays: These are well tolerated by gums and can last 20 years or longer. Several experts believe gold is the best filling substance. It is also typically the costliest and requires several visits to dentist.
  • Silver Amalgam fillings: These can resist wear and are comparatively economical. However, they are more conspicuous and are not normally utilized in noticeable areas like the front teeth. The amalgam filling can be made of an alloy of silver, mercury, tin, copper, and very infrequently zinc.
  • Composite resins: These fillings can be color-matched to teeth and are used when a natural appearance is important. Composites might not be best for sizeable fillings since they can chip and wear after a while. They can also stain and typically last around 3 to 10 years.
  • Porcelain fillings: Also known as inlays or onlays, these are custom made in a lab and bonded to teeth. These can be color-matched and repel staining. A porcelain filling will cover much of the tooth’s surface and they can be as expensive as gold fillings.

What Happens After I Get a Filling?

If the dentist chooses to fill a cavity, he or she will help patients to determine what the most suitable material will be and can typically fill in the cavity on the same day. Any discomfort experienced should be minimal. Aftercare techniques will vary depending on the filling. The doctor will go over this with each patient.


Below is a list of the insurance providers that our practice accepts. Please call our office if you have any questions.

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