Dental Fillings treat minor teeth cavities. The dentist removes the decayed tooth tissue and fills the gap with a filling material.
Tooth decay is a widely common issue. A small cavity can grow and worsen if left untreated. This causes tooth infection leading to root canal procedure, and in some cases, leaves the patient with no other choice than extraction.
Therefore, treating the cavity with dental fillings during its early stages prevents further complications. What are Dental Fillings?
When dentists notice a cavity in a patient’s tooth, they use a local anesthetic to numb the area around it. Then, the dentist uses a drill to eliminate the decayed part of the tooth. After removing the decay, the dentist cleans the area to keep any bacteria away. The dentist starts building the filling, and this process varies depending on the material the dentist uses.
There is a variety of materials that make up dental fillings. Dental fillings can be made of gold, silver amalgam, different tooth-colored composite materials, and porcelain.
Every material has its unique advantages. The dentist chooses the right type of filling depending on the patient’s case. This means that the dentist’s recommendation takes into consideration certain factors. Such as the location of the decay, its degree, and the patient’s insurance plan.
Similarities and differences between Composite and Porcelain:
Both porcelain and composite fillings require using light that hardens the cement material. Composite resin is placed on the tooth where it is needed and gets hardened with the light. However, the porcelain filling is a hard pre-build filling that is bonded into the cavity. In cases where a tooth requires a cusp replacement, the recommended option is porcelain reconstruction of the tooth. And in cases where a tooth needs smaller fillings, composite resin fillings are recommended. At Levantine Dental Clinic both options are available. It’s a matter of working out with our patients which option suits their expectations and budget.
Feel free to schedule an initial consultation with our dentists so we can assess your condition and find out if this treatment is the right choice for you. We will sit down with you and share more information on all the processes involved in the treatment, including other details such as number of visits, price, and duration of the treatment. Give our team a call today so we can set an appointment for you.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.
If your dentist decides to fill a cavity, he or she will first remove the decay and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled with any of the variety of materials described above.
Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths.
Nowadays fillings can be natural looking. Many people are more conscious about the way they look, so they don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile.