Why Do I Need a Dental Filling?

Why Do I Need a Dental Filling?

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.

3. Discoloration

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.

How Is the Dental Filling Fixed?

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.

What Dental Fillings Are Available?

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.

  • Amalgam filling

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

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 or ceramic fillings

Porcelain fillings have a natural tooth color and are stain-resistant. Ceramic fillings are more expensive than composite fillings but durable.

Are There Risks Involved?

Yes, dental fillings can have a few complications;

  • Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect, but it subsides in a few days. During the recovery period, try to avoid foods that can cause sensitivity. Visit our dentist in Ellicott City, MD if the sensitivity lasts for more than one week.
  • Filling deterioration can also occur with time due to chewing, clenching and grinding. It is hard to notice when the filling wears down, only the dentist can detect any breakage. So, come for regular dental checkups to prevent damage.
  • Allergic reactions are rare, but can still happen. If you are allergic to any of the above-mentioned fillings, the dentist will recommend other restorative dental treatments.

If you are ready to transform your bite, call our dentist 21042 for an assessment and consultation.

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