Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings as a restorative treatment

Your teeth are used for chewing all the food that you eat every single day, which is the reason why it is very hard to avoid wear and tear along the way.

Dental fillings are used for restoring damaged or worn teeth as well as for treating tooth decay back to its normal function and shape. It also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

Steps in getting a Dental Filling

Local anesthesia may be given to numb the area if necessary. Then, tooth decay will be removed using a drill or laser.  Once all the decay is removed, the dentist will clean the affected area and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

Types of Fillings

  • Composite fillings are very popular and widely used because they closely match natural tooth color and appearance.
  • Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain which is durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. It is more expensive than other filling materials but is more resistant to staining and abrasion than composite resin.
  • Glass ionomers are made acrylic and a component of glass called fluoroaluminosilicate. It is typically used for decay in the part of the tooth that extends below the gum. However, it is significantly weaker than composite resin.
  • Gold fillings are not as commonly used and are an expensive alternative but it is sturdy and non-corrosive. They are durable and can last longer than all other filling materials.

Maintaining good oral health is a big must as this can also have a great impact on your overall health. Dental fillings are among the best options that you’ve got to ensure that you will have a better oral health in the future.