Dental fillings are the treatment modality used to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. Earlier, most dentists used to recommend metal fillings made from silver or amalgam. Nowadays, dental fillings have become more biocompatible and are composed of ceramic or composite resin. Both types of fillings can be used to restore a cavity or repair a damaged tooth. Hence, they are the least invasive procedures and the best option to treat a tooth with a small cavity.
What are the Types of Fillings?
There are many types of fillings that can be used to treat your teeth. The type of filling used depends on the severity of your condition. The three most common types of fillings are composite resin, dental amalgam, and ceramic.
- Composite Resin
Composite resins are made of plastic and glass fibers that can be used to fill cavities, restore broken or cracked teeth, or cover worn-out teeth.
- Dental Amalgam
It is a mixture of metals and other materials such as mercury, silver, and tin. Dental amalgams are cheap and easy to use and can be placed quickly. Though they are less expensive than other fillings, they have a high risk of cracking or breaking down over time.
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain, which makes them more durable than composite fillings. They are highly customizable and provide a natural look to the teeth as well. However, ceramic fillings may not be suitable for everyone as they do not provide any cavity-fighting properties.
What is the Procedure for Placing Fillings?
The dentist will first examine your mouth to ensure that the filling is suitable for your needs. An anesthetic will be given to numb the affected area before starting the procedure. Your dentist will then carefully remove any decayed tissues from your tooth before adding the filling material around it. Once it is in place, your dentist will use a high-intensity light to harden the filling and make it strong enough to last for several years without any further treatment.
How should you take care of your fillings?
- You should practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
- You should also visit your dentist for routine checkups.
- Do not eat anything that is hard or chewy or contains a lot of sugar and starch, as they increase plaque accumulation on your teeth and reinstate tooth decay.
- You may also have to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months as their bristles get worn out after this time period.
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