What are Fillings?
Dental fillings work to support the tooth structure, prevent further decay, fill a space, and restore your teeth.
Fillings effectively fill a hole in your tooth, usually following the removal of tooth decay.
Why Would I Need a Filling?
Your dentist might recommend a filling if you have cavities or suffer from tooth decay. To treat cavities and decay, your dentist usually removes the decayed portions of your tooth along with a minor amount of surrounding tissue.
Fillings are also used to repair broken or cracked teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse over time, such as teeth grinding or nail-biting.
What Does a Filling Involve?
First, your dentist usually administers anesthetic before carefully removing decayed tooth material with special dental tools. Your dentist utilizes precision and care to ensure this part of the procedure is tolerable and causes minimal discomfort.
After the decayed areas have been removed, your dentist applies a mild acid to help the material to bond to your tooth. Next, your dentist applies the filling material onto your tooth in small layers using a special dental light that hardens each layer before the next layer is applied.
Your dentist makes small alterations during the process to make sure your filling matches your bite for optimal comfort and practicality.
What are the Different Types of Fillings?
There are different types of fillings, such as tooth-colored (composite) fillings, ceramics, porcelain, and glass ionomer.
Indirect fillings (inlays and onlays) are similar to tooth-colored fillings, but they’re created in a dental laboratory and might require a few dental visits to complete the process. Tooth-colored fillings are normally placed in one appointment.
Tooth-fillings are an excellent option for smaller repairs, but a crown or other prosthesis might be necessary for larger restorations like a large cavity area.
Your initial consultation is your chance to discuss your concerns and goals and determine the right type of filling for you.
What are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings offer numerous benefits. They’re discrete and blend in with your natural teeth.
Modern tooth-colored fillings are seamlessly bonded to your tooth and use high-quality dental materials. Your dentist makes sure the color of your filling is the perfect match.
Fillings can be a cosmetic solution, a safe and lasting preventive care method, and a practical way of treating minor dental flaws.
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