Cavities are the most common dental problem that dentists correct every day at the office. Cavities form due to the tooth partially decaying. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to remedy this problem: dental fillings.
Dental fillings are used to fill in the area that is decayed. However, dental fillings may also be used to repair cracked teeth or to correct worn down teeth.
Dental fillings are a reasonably simple process. First, the dentist numbs the area he or she plans to work on. This is typically accomplished by administering a shot to the mouth near the area that will be worked on. Next, a drill or laser will be used to remove the decayed part of the tooth. The type of method used here will depend greatly on the dentist’s training and personal preference.
The dentist will take care to probe the tooth to ensure that all of the decay has been completely removed. What happens next depends largely on the type of filling used. Most fillings require the dentist to simply apply the mixture to the tooth. However, tooth-colored fillings are applied in layers before the dentist trims off the edges and polishes it. This will take a bit longer, but some people feel it is worth the additional time because of the amazing results.
Some people are unaware that there is more than one type of filling available to them. Fortunately, there are multiple filings to choose from. Each type of filling has its very own list of advantages and disadvantages. In order to make the best choice, you should evaluate each option and then select the one that coincides with your preferences.
Gold Fillings: Gold fillings are durable, long-lasting, and some people simply prefer the look of them over other options. However, the downside is that they may be more expensive and requires at least two dentist visits to place.
Silver Fillings: Silver fillings are also incredibly strong and durable. Not to mention, they are also among the cheapest options available. However, they are known for being less visually pleasing, may cause discoloration, and could potentially damage other teeth.
Tooth-Colored: Of course, the major advantage of this type is that it blends in nicely with the rest of your teeth. Unfortunately, it can lack durability and may require that you spend a bit more time in the dentist’s chair in order to get the look you want.
Ceramics: This type of filling is typically made with porcelain. It is more resistant to staining and can last for up to 15 years. However, the downside is that this type of dental filling can cost just as much as gold and is more abrasive.
Glass ionomer: This type of filling is usually used below the gum line. It actually releases fluoride which can help your teeth stay strong, but the filling itself is not as durable as other options.
Your dentist will be able to help you find which type of filling is right for you. The choice will come down to aesthetic preference, cost, and personal preference. Your dentist will simply guide you based on your needs.
Dental fillings are something that many of us come into contact with at some point during our life. If you suspect you may need a filling or simply have more questions about the topic, please reach out to us. Our trained staff is ready to answer your questions! Call us today for more information. We look forward to helping you get the smile that you deserve.