Dental fillings have been used for centuries to fix minor dental conditions, repair, restore and conserve the teeth. Furthermore, they help to stop the spread of decay to the surrounding tissues.
We use dental fillings for various dental conditions such as;
1. Dental cavities
The enamel is strong and it shields the teeth from infection and sensitivity. However, due to poor hygiene, you may develop dental cavities, especially in the molar and premolar. A root canal is done to remove decay and preserve the natural tooth. Afterward, the dentist will cover the root cavity with a filling to protect decay from spreading.
In severe cases, tooth extraction may be considered to save your dental structure.
2. Holes in your teeth
Small holes in your teeth are initially not problematic because they are not painful. However, if left open, food particles may get stuck providing a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. These holes can be fixed in one dental appointment.
Teeth discoloration occurs with time because of our eating and oral habits. Although the dentist may recommend professional teeth whitening, dental fillings can also be used to restore your smile, especially if you have stubborn stains.
4. Fractured teeth
Our teeth can get fractures after falls, accidents, or biting hard foods. If the fracture is minimal and has not affected the root, the dentist may use a dental filling to fix the crack and restore the integrity of the teeth.
Tooth extraction may be done if the tooth is completely dislodged.
The first step is to numb the area with anesthesia or numbing agent because your safety and comfort is our priority. After that, the dentist will then scrape the decayed part of the tooth, sterilize the cavity and prepare it for a filling. The dental filling will be used to cover the cavity and then they will brush and polish the tooth.
Your mouth will stay numb for a couple of hours, so it’s best to avoid eating until the anesthesia wears off.
We understand that no filling is best for all and that’s why we guide you in choosing a suitable one. The dental filling used will depend on the extent of repair, the cost, and allergies if any.
Our dentist in 21042 chooses the dental filling before the procedure begins.
A dental amalgam is made of a combination of metals like liquid mercury, copper, silver, or tin.
Gold and silver are the common forms of amalgam used, although most people prefer silver over to gold due to its appearance and cost. Metal amalgam is durable and can last for ten to 15 years.
Over the years there have been concerns about mercury content in amalgam. However, FDA approves amalgam and recommends it to be used for people six years and above.
Composite fillings are made of a combination of glass and plastic materials and used to fix mild to moderate dental conditions. These fillings are, however, prone to stains and can discolor over time.
Porcelain fillings have a natural tooth color and are stain-resistant. Ceramic fillings are more expensive than composite fillings but durable.
Yes, dental fillings can have a few complications;
If you are ready to transform your bite, call our dentist 21042 for an assessment and consultation.