Tooth fillings are used to treat cavities, tooth decay, and minor fractures in the teeth. These tooth restorations are also designed to repair teeth that are worn down due to grinding or clenching. The types of materials that can be used for fillings include gold, porcelain, composite resin, and even silver amalgam. They can also be used to repair chipped or broken teeth and to fill gaps between teeth.
The type of filling that is used to correct your cavity will depend on the size and location of the decay, as well as your budget. If you are unsure which type of filling is best for you, meet with your dentist to discuss the details of your case.
If the decaying tissue is removed from the tooth, it can typically be saved. After removing the infected area and taking an X-ray of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, the dentist will determine the type of filling that is needed. If a cavity that was caused by bacteria is present, local anesthesia may be administered to ensure no pain is felt during the procedure.
First, the dentist will numb the area where the filling is to be placed with a local anesthetic. Then, they will remove the cavity and clean the affected area. They will then fill the cleaned-out area with the filling material. Once the material has hardened, the filling is complete.
There are many different types of dental fillings, but the most common ones include the following:
Amalgam: This type of filling is a mixture of different metals that harden into a durable substance. It is silver in color and can withstand chewing pressure.
Composite: These fillings are tooth-colored, and composite resin is used to fill any cavities in the teeth. The resin is specifically matched to the surrounding color of your teeth.
Glass Ionomer Cement: This type uses glass powder and acrylic to form a strong substance. It is a commonly used filling for baby teeth because they usually fall out before decay develops.
Porcelain: This type of filling is very similar to composite in appearance and color, but it can withstand the wear and tear of chewing much better. It is also less prone to staining than composite resin.
Resin: In contrast to porcelain and composite fillings, this type is not color-matched to surrounding teeth and is also susceptible to staining. It is not as strong as other types of fillings and may need to be replaced more often.
Once your filling is placed, it can last for many years if properly cared for. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular check-ups are all important in keeping your filling strong and your beautiful smile healthy!
Visit Rosemont Dental Center, 2090 Old Farm Dr #C, Frederick, MD 21702, or contact the Dentist in Frederick, MD, by calling us at (301) 663-1144 to learn more about dental fillings.