Tooth decay can cause serious dental health issues if not treated timely. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 92% of adults in the US have cavity issues. For treating cavities, a dental filling is the most common painless dental procedure. It helps to fill the gap created by tooth decay, preventing further growth of the cavity and restoring the normal functioning of your tooth.
When Does One Need a Dental Filling?
A dental filling is required in case of the following conditions:
- Cavities in the teeth
- Exposed root surfaces
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
Benefits of Dental Fillings
- Dental fillings seal the cavity created by the decay and prevent it from growing further.
- They protect your decayed tooth from decaying further.
- Dental fillings protect the tooth nerves from getting exposed to hot or cold temperatures and acids produced by the bacteria in the mouth, thereby preventing toothaches.
- The dental filling provides the required structural support and improves tooth strength.
- Fillings are used to restore fractured teeth and strengthen them.
- Dental fillings improve the color of badly stained and discolored teeth.
Types of Dental Fillings
The type of filling used depends on diverse factors like state of decay and patient being allergic to a material. The various types of fillings are:
It includes silver or gold filling and lasts for 10-15 years.
It was the most widely used filling material made from a combination of mercury and other metals. Their use has been limited in recent times.
Composite fillings are made from tooth-colored composite resinous material and are highly recommended for front teeth.
Porcelain or Ceramic filling
It is made from dental-grade material and provides excellent strength, durability, customizability and can be used in case of large decay.
The Procedure of Dental Filling
A dental filling is the best remedy for concerns with tooth decay. The procedure of dental filling can be described better in the following steps:
- The infected tooth is examined by the dentist to understand the actual extent of the decay. For precise inspection of the tooth, an X-ray may be taken.
- Local anesthesia may be given to numb the nearby areas of the infected tooth in case the cavity is big and deep.
- The decayed tooth and the nearby areas are prepared for restoration. The dentist cleans out the infected area by disinfecting the cavity from bacteria and debris.
- If the decay is at the root of the teeth, the dentist first places a liner to protect the nerve. The liner can be made up of glass ionomer or composite resin.
- The filling is applied to the infected area and shaped accordingly before curing it. It will then be polished.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Chesterfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Hawatmeh. Please call us at (314) 576-4462 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.