Dental fillings are an excellent treatment for decayed and cracked teeth. These restorative dental treatments help to restore the functionality and integrity of your teeth. At Robison Dental Clinic, we offer dental fillings among other restorative treatments. However, before you can come for your treatment, here are a few things you need to know:
1. They are used to correct different dental conditions
Various dental problems can warrant the use of dental fillings:
- Dental cavities
Poor oral hygiene and lack of dental checkups are primary reasons for dental caries. When bacteria build in the gum and teeth they can cause cavities and gum infection. If left untreated, the bacterial buildup can attack the inner tissue (the pulp) and cause tooth decay.
Dental decay can be treated with a root canal among other treatments. When the decayed tissue is removed, the dentist will use a dental filling to cover the tooth and prevent the spread of decay to the surrounding teeth.
- Holes in your teeth
Although most dental holes are caused by cavities, they can also occur on their own or due to accidents. Dental holes provide a favorable environment for bacteria to grow and since they don’t cause any pain, you won’t notice them until it’s too late. With regular dental checkups, the dentist will detect these holes and repair them on time.
- Tooth discoloration
Food, age, eating disorders, or accidents can all contribute to tooth discoloration. Although we recommend teeth whitening procedure, dental fillings can also be used to hide the stains.
- Tooth fracture
The enamel can crack or break due to accidents or falls. If the fracture is mild, a dental filling can be used to restore the tooth.
2. They come in different types
The dentist will choose a dental filling based on the size of the cavity, the cost of the filling and preference. Here are the dental filling types:
- Amalgam fillings or silver filling is made from a mixture of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. Despite the different concerns, dental amalgam is FDA-approved and considered safe and durable.
- Composite fillings are also tooth-colored made of a mixture of glass and quartz to provide durability
- The ceramic filling is made of tooth-colored resin. Porcelain is durable, stain-resistant, but cost as much as the gold filling
3. Dental filling procedure is a process
On your appointment, the dentist will assess your dental condition using x-ray imaging. Keep in mind, dental fillings are only used for minor dental problems.
Next, the dentist will numb the tooth using local anesthesia and remove the decay. They will use an adhesive material to prepare the tooth and apply the dental filling. Afterward, the tooth will be polished for a clean appearance.
The dentist will then schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the condition of the filling.
4. There are risks involved
During the dental procedure, local anesthesia to numb the area, but as it begins to wear off you may develop discomfort and other problems such as:
- Tooth sensitivity will develop immediately after the anesthesia wears off, and subside within a few days. If sensitivity doesn’t clear after one week, then call our dentist. To promote recovery, it is important to avoid foods that cause sensitivity
- Allergy, though rare, can develop and if they do, the dentist will recommend other dental treatments
- Dental filling failure can occur due to constant chewing, clenching and grinding
5. Dental filling need to be cared for
Dental fillings are durable, but this will depend on how well you care for them. So, apart from having proper dental care, it is crucial to have regular dental checkups. It is easy for the dental problem to be detected and treated early.
Additionally, you should use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your teeth.
Robison Dental Group Difference
Besides dental fillings, we offer other treatments that can address your dental needs from lumineers to snap-on-smile. Not only that, we have a free dental implant and Invisalign consultation to help you restore the health and appearance of your teeth.