Beginner’s Guide: An Inside Look into Dental Fillings

Beginner’s Guide: An Inside Look into Dental Fillings

Jun 01, 2021

Having cavities is no fun. The pain, tooth discoloration, and discomfort are nothing to look forward to. However, there are dental fillings that are used to treat dental cavities before they become worse. Tooth decay can be caused by various issues, including eating sugary foods and poor oral hygiene.

Irrespective of how they came about, you shouldn’t let them stay any longer. The longer they stay, the further into the teeth they will go, and soon the pulp will be exposed.

The dental filling procedure is pain-free and is done to help restore your teeth and alleviate pain.

What Are Dental Fillings and What Is Their Purpose?

Cavities or dental caries are holes that form on the surface of the crown. If the enamel is weak or is compromised in any way, bacteria and food can have access to the inner parts of your teeth. The damage may take some time before you start feeling pain. At times, it can be years before you start experiencing tooth sensitivity.

When you get a cavity, our dentist will recommend that you get a dental filling. The filling is one of the most performed restorative treatments in dentistry. They are created from various materials, which you can choose based on your preference, quality of the material, and aesthetic appeal.

They are used to repair chipped or broken teeth and fill a cavity. Also, tooth fillings can be used to repair teeth that are worn down because of bruxism or nail-biting.

Why Are Fillings Necessary?

As mentioned earlier, cavities are holes on the surface of the tooth. Ideally, the enamel is a very sturdy substance that can withstand a lot. However, when you have cavities, the structural integrity of your teeth gets compromised. When the structural integrity deteriorates, the tooth’s function becomes impaired.

As cavities progress, they go to the inner parts of your teeth. This is where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue are located. When bacteria and food gain access to this area, they will cause you to feel pain, tooth sensitivity, and your tooth may become infected.

An infection can be life-threatening since the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect other body parts.

What to Expect

The area close to the infected tooth will be numbed using local anesthesia. The whole area, including your jaws and gums, becomes numb, making the procedure comfortable and painless. After the anesthesia has kicked in, our dentist will remove the cavities using a laser or a drill.

Our dentist will clean the space and disinfect it so that the bacteria can stop further destruction of your tooth. Then the area will be filled using a tooth filling of your choice. If the cavity were close to the tooth root, our dentist would place a liner to protect the nerves before placing the filling.

For tooth-colored fillings, our dentist will apply layers of the filling material, and each layer will be allowed to harden under a special light.

When the multilayering process is complete, our dentist will place a temporary tooth filling while you are waiting for your permanent tooth filling. Once the filling is ready, you will receive the tooth filling. Our dentist will shape the filling to get rid of the extra material before it is polished to give it a natural sheen.

Types of Fillings

Fillings are made from different materials, which have their strengths. You may need to consider the cost, aesthetic appeal, and the type of material you prefer. Our dentist near you doesn’t use silver amalgam fillings because of the health implications. However, here are the options we have:

  • Ceramic Fillings

Porcelain fillings are an excellent choice since they are natural-looking and sturdy. They are also stain-resistant. However, in terms of cost, you might part with some more dollars than when you go for composite resin fillings.

  • Glass Ionomer Fillings

These fillings are created from glass and acrylic. These are an excellent choice for your little ones’teeth since their pearly whites are still developing. Their teeth will be protected because these fillings have fluoride. However, they aren’t that sturdy.

  • Composite-Resin Fillings

They are made from resin, a special plastic. The filling is tooth-colored, just like the porcelain fillings. However, they are not as durable as porcelain fillings.

Contact our dentist at the office of Steven F. Hinchey, DMD, if you need dental fillings.

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