A filling is a dental restoration that restores the function and shape of a decayed tooth. Single or mixed metals, polymers, glass, and other materials are used in dental fillings to repair or restore teeth. A dentist fills a cavity in your tooth by removing decayed material, cleaning the affected area, and filling the space with filling material.
A filling helps prevent further degradation by blocking gaps where bacteria can enter. Fillings are also utilized to treat teeth that have been worn down over time, such as broken or cracked teeth from teeth grinding or external trauma.
Popular Filling Materials
Silver amalgam fillings are a popular choice as they are durable, long-lasting, and less expensive than other alternatives. A standard silver amalgam filling can last for up to 12 years. Dentists find it simple to use because it is pliable.
Plastic and resin are used to make composite fillings. It's a popular choice since it may be tinted to match the color of the patient's natural teeth, making it less noticeable. They can last for five to ten years before needing to be replaced.
This filling is made out of a glass and acrylic mixture. They are most commonly used on youngsters whose teeth are still developing. Fluoride is released into the tooth to prevent it from further deterioration.
Gum tissues tolerate gold fillings well, and they can endure up to 20 years. Many authorities consider gold to be a highly sought-after filler material for these reasons. It is, however, an expensive option.
What is the Procedure for Filling a Tooth?
On your first visit to the clinic, we examine the condition of your mouth to check your candidacy for the procedure. We will then discuss the type of filling that is the best for you. We will begin the procedure by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic. Then, with the help of dental instruments, we will remove the decayed area. Once the decay is removed, we will prepare the area for placing the fillings. We will place the filling and then finally shape and polish it. In the case of composite fillings, the material will be applied in layers and hardened using a curing light.
You must practice good oral practices and regularly visit your dentist for consultations to take proper care of your fillings.
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