Suffering from Cavity? Why Don’t You Try Dental Fillings?
Although we practice good dental hygiene, sometimes, we cannot shake off cavities. Dental caries is common, affecting both children and adults. While they are preventable and treatable, cavities can pose a great risk for your dental health if not addressed on time. Detected early, the dentist will remove the decayed part and cover the tooth with a dental filling to restore its function.
What are Dental Fillings?
Teeth filling are artificial restorations that restore the function, integrity, and appearance of a decayed tooth. They can also be used to repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. Our dentist in Muskogee, OK will recommend dental fillings if you have mild to moderate dental decay that has not spread to the inner part of the teeth.
What Types Can You Choose?
Several dental options are available that you can use. They all perform the same function but differ when in material and durability.
- Gold fillings. These are the most durable options and can last for almost two decades. They also withstand the chewing and biting pressure, and that’s why they are most suitable for the back teeth. Of course, durability comes with a price, and gold filling is more expensive than the rest of the types. On the downside, these fillings are not aesthetically pleasing. And since they are used as indirect fillings, you will spend more time in the dentist’s chair.
- Amalgam fillings. These fillings are made of a combination of materials like copper, silver, and zinc. Amalgam fillings compared with the gold ones, are least pricey and also strong. One of the drawbacks is they have a silver color and they are fairly conspicuous and tend to become darker with time. Also, there have been concerns about the mercury content in these fillings. But, the FDA has reported that these levels are negligible and are safe for people above age six.
- Porcelain fillings. These are similar to gold as they are used as indirect fillings and require more than one dental visit. On the upside, these have a tooth-colored appearance and will blend with your natural teeth.
- Composite fillings. These are made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They can be made to look like your natural teeth, making them look less visible. However, they are less durable and therefore best suited for teeth that receive moderate pressure.
- Resin fillings are mostly used on primary teeth to protect them from wear and tear. When they are used on permanent teeth, they are often fixed on the front teeth that receive pressure.
What to Expect During the Procedure?
When you visit a dentist near you for treatment, they will first begin by applying local anesthesia around the tooth that needs a filling. Next, the dentist will drill the tooth with a laser or abrasion instrument to remove the decayed area.
The area is then tested to check if all the decayed is removed. The dentist will then clean the area to prepare the area for a filling. If the decay is close to the root, Dr. Moiz Horani may first use a composite resin or glass ionomer to protect the nerve.
After filling the tooth, the dentist will polish the tooth to resemble the rest of the teeth.
Is Cavity Filling Painful?
No, it is not. The dentist will numb the gums with anesthesia And, if the risk of bruising a nerve is high, the material like resin can be used to protect the nerves.
What Issues Can Arise?
Dental fillings are safe, but a few problems may develop, such as:
- Tooth sensitivity. Your teeth may be sensitive to pressure and temperature after the procedure. Avoid foods and beverages that may cause sensitivity.
- Filling allergies
- Deteriorating of the fillings may occur because of constant chewing, grinding, and clenching. If the fillings start to wear out, it may cause the food particles to get in and increase the risk of decay.
Maintain proper hygiene and remember to visit the dentist regularly for an assessment and cleaning.
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