Filling a tooth involves the removal of the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. This space is subsequently filled with a material that guards against additional damage. The filling also restores the functionality and aesthetic of the tooth. Fillings can be made of composite resin, silver amalgam, gold, porcelain or glass ionomer. Each of these materials has its own unique merits. Regardless of the type of dental filling you and your dentist determine to be optimal for your mouth, proactively addressing tooth decay will go a long way in preserving the integrity of your teeth and gums.
There is a common misconception that tooth fillings are only useful in instances of tooth decay. Though fillings are commonly applied to the portion of the teeth where decay has occurred, they serve additional purposes as well. Tooth fillings are also used to repair broken and cracked teeth.
Opt for cast gold fillings or porcelain fillings and they will prove effective for upwards of 15 years. In fact, some such fillings last even longer. Today's fillings are highly resistant to corrosion. Though you will pay a bit more for a filling that lasts upwards of two decades, it will protect your tooth for an extensive period of time and provide you with an invaluable peace of mind.
Dental fillings made of composite resin are optimal for those who are concerned with tooth aesthetics. Composite resin fillings blend in perfectly with the rest of the teeth. So don't be concerned about how your fillings will look. No one will be able to tell that you have a filling in your mouth.
Some fillings like the glass ionomer variety release fluoride to safeguard the tooth in question from additional decay and damage. This type of filling is commonly used in instances where there is decay beneath the gum line. It can also be used for pediatric patients.
Indirect fillings are optimal when the existing tooth structure is weakened to the point that it can't support a traditional filling. If this damage has not reached the point where a crown is necessary, an indirect filling in the form of an onlay or inlay will prove highly effective compared to a traditional filling.
If you need dental work like a root canal performed across several visits, a temporary tooth filling can be placed to give the tooth and gums ample time to heal. This temporary tooth also allows the nerves to relax before the permanent filling is added. The use of a temporary filling ensures the exposed tooth does not become infected while waiting.
Dental decay has the potential to make chewing quite difficult and painful. Have your decayed teeth filled and you might find eating proves less painful.
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