Restoring Your teeth with Dental Fillings
Dental fillings involve tooth-coloured materials that are used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay and other damaged surfaces of the teeth. They can also be used to smoothen out tooth surfaces for improved biting or chewing.
Restore Tooth Shape & Function
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WHY WE NEED DENTAL FILLINGS
A dental filling is necessary to protect your tooth from further decay as a cavity progresses. Tooth decay may lead to bone loss and tooth extraction, which can cause further complications.
Small Holes in Teeth
Even if they are not cavities, the diminutive holes in one or several teeth may start accumulating food particles and bacteria that can cause tooth decay if they are not filled.
Teeth fractures may be caused by ageing or getting into an accident. A fractured tooth can be cured with a white composite filling.
Teeth grinding, biting on hard objects or the consumption of acidic foods and beverages can cause discolouration. This discolouration can be treated with dental fillings.
TYPES OF DENTAL FILLINGS
At Dentists Co, we use high quality tooth-coloured fillings for a natural tooth appearance. These dental fillings require less drill work and bond to teeth more easily.
Amalgam fillings are strong and therefore ideal for filling cavities in the back of the mouth (such as molars), where chewing takes place. Since they are made of a combination of several metallic elements, amalgam fillings may be noticeable when you open your mouth to laugh or smile. These fillings are one of the least expensive options available.
Sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins, these fillings feature a combination of glass or quartz fillers and can be made to match the colour of your tooth. Composite fillings are fairly durable and ideal for small-to-mid-size restorations in areas of your mouth that perform moderate chewing.
A ceramic cavity filling (usually made of porcelain) is tooth-coloured and less likely to show stains over time as compared to a composite filling. However, ceramic cavity filling can be almost as expensive as a gold cavity filling.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
This filling is created with a blend of acrylic and glass that releases fluoride to help protect your teeth. A glass ionomer cavity filling is less durable than other types and may need to be replaced after about five years.
PROCESS OF GETTING DENTAL FILLINGS
Filling your cavities is quick, simple and straightforward, and the entire process can be done in-clinic.
Removal of Damaged Areas
The decay or damage is removed with a dental drill or laser, and the area is cleansed to get rid of bacteria or debris.
Filling Your Tooth
Filling your tooth requires isolation of the tooth by employing a rubber dam to prevent moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The filling material is then placed and hardened with a special bonding light, resulting in natural looking teeth.
AFTERCARE TIPS FOR DENTAL FILLINGS
Maintaining Your Dental Fillings
Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits after getting a cavity or hole filled, such as brushing twice a day, flossing and visiting your dentist about twice a year. Avoid hard and sticky foods for a minimum of 24 hours after the procedure as they may crack or dislodge your filling.
It is normal to experience discomfort for a few days after getting your feelings, but consult your dentist if you continue to experience the following signs:
- Your tooth continues to be sensitive
- You feel a pointy edge on your tooth
- You notice a clear crack within the filling
- You notice a part of the filling missing
Replacing Your Dental Fillings
Over time, a filling may have to be replaced after normal wear and tear has occurred. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:
- Pressure when eating. In some cases, you may feel pressure when biting down on food. This sensation may last for a few seconds or longer and may indicate a damaged filling or damage to your dental pulp.
- A sharp or throbbing pain. If you experience a sharp pain while eating, drinking or simply resting, you may need to replace your fillings.
- Tooth sensitivity. One sign that your fillings may need replacing is if you experience tooth sensitivity with temperature, sweets, or pressure.
Yes. Even if a tooth with a cavity is not affecting you, you should get your dental fillings done as soon as possible.
Your teeth do not repair cavities naturally, and it could become a more complex and costly problem to fix if left untreated. Cavities can quickly grow and infect the tooth pulp, affecting your nerves. When this happens, you may even require a root canal or tooth extraction.
Yes. Dental fillings do not last forever and need to be replaced.
This is because fillings can be worn out, stained, or form new decay.
Composite fillings are most commonly used among the rest due to their all-rounded purposes and natural appearance.
Fortunately, no. Typically, the dental filling process causes little to no discomfort in general.
Below are some signs that your fillings may need replacement:
- The filling has chipped or cracked
- You experience toothaches
- You feel pain when you drink sweet, sour, cold or hot beverages
- Your old filling has changed in colour
- The filling has fallen out
If you experience any of the above, please visit a dentist to ensure your tooth filling is being checked and to assess if it needs to be replaced.
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