Dental Teeth Filling Types and Procedure
What is Teeth Filling?
Teeth filling is the procedure where decayed part of the tooth is cleaned and filled with a substance such as gold/silver or ceramic.
Why should I get my teeth filling?
The main goal of this process is to seal the decayed part of the tooth. A bacterial infection is always a threat to our oral health. Initially, a cavity attacks the outer layer of the tooth, when it left untreated it can harm the inner layer of the tooth. Once the infection penetrates to a deeper level, it is difficult to treat the affected area. It may lead to tooth extraction if you don’t treat at the right time. So, it is always suggested to fill the tooth when you find a tiny opening in your tooth. Otherwise, bacterias halt over there and can spread the infection to adjacent teeth and gum.
What are the options in tooth filling?
The filling option depends on various factors. The same can be discussed with your dentist and you can decide according to your needs, convenience, and cost.
Amalgam (silver) filling: It is the most widely used filling substance. It can fill the cracked area of your tooth and can restore with the same chewing abilities. It will last till 10-15 years. It is often suggested because of its inexpensive nature.
Gold filling: It is an expensive option of tooth filling but can last more than 20 years. Gum tissues can tolerate the gold inlays effectively. Hence authorities consider the gold is the best filling option.
Composite (plastic) filling: The color of this substance is the same as the natural shade of the tooth. So it can be used to replace the natural appearance. Your dentist will mix the ingredients and can be placed directly into the cavity. Composites may not be the perfect material for extensive fillings as they may chip or wear out after some time. They may be discolored from coffee, tea or tobacco. Generally, they can last 3-10 years.
Ceramic Filling: These fillings are made most often of porcelain. They are ordered to be made in the lab and afterward attached to the tooth. The color of this material is similar to the tooth and has resistance to stains. A porcelain restoration generally covers most area of the tooth. It costs similar to gold filling options.
What can I do if my cavity is deep?
If a large area of a tooth is damaged by decay then a cap or dental crowns may be recommended. When the infection reaches the root of the tooth it can harm the nerve. At this point, it can be treated in the following two ways.
1. Through root canal therapy – Where the infected nerve will be removed
2.Pulp capping: Here with the right amount of treatment the dentist will try to keep the nerve alive.
How to know if I need teeth filling?
The best way to know is to take a mirror and look at your mouth. If you find any small openings or any decay then you can consult a dentist.
What is the procedure of the tooth filling?
Oral Examination: When you visit the clinic your dentist will check your mouth and find the area where the filling is required. To understand the depth of the infection a checkup may incorporate an X-ray.
Cleaning the decay: After the oral examination, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth. He/she will use a drilling machine to remove the affected part. You may hear a drilling noise but it won’t cause you any harm.
Filling: Once the affected part is free from infection the dentist will seal the tooth with a filling substance. Typically this whole procedure may take 15-30 minutes.
Depending upon your severity the procedure may change. If the infection reaches the roots of a tooth then root canal procedure will be performed. This may take a longer time than a normal tooth filling.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Relief from tooth pain: The pain causing bacteria is removed from the area and filled with a suitable substance.
Dental hygiene: food gets stuck in the small opening making it unhygienic. Hence closing this decay will make the mouth healthy and hygienic.
Emancipation from bad breath: Bacterias grow in the tiny holes of a tooth. They will start to grow if left untreated. When bacterias are growing at a high rate then they cause bad breath. Treating the cavity with filling can give the confidence to ditch bad breath.
Prevent risk: A small opening today can lead to more serious diseases tomorrow. Filling it in its early stage will protect your tooth from other diseases.
How to find a Dentist?
At all Sabka dentist clinics, teeth filling treatment is available. You can find your nearest clinic by visiting our website or you can call us directly to book an appointment.