Dental fillings are used for cavity treatment whereby tooth decay is first removed and thereafter filled with tooth-colored fillings or amalgam fillings.
When you eat or drink foods with sugars, bacteria in plaque produce acids that can attack tooth enamel. If brushed well and regulary, plaque is kept in check. If plaque is not removed, its stickiness keeps these acids in contact with your teeth. Over time, the enamel of your teeth can break down causing cavities to form.
A cavity or tooth decay is a little hole in your tooth. The hard outer layer of your tooth, or enamel, has been damage. Bacteria can accumulate in tiny crevices of your tooth that causes acid build up which leads to decay.
If a cavity is treated early, you will not likely need extensive treatment.It is recommended to make bi-annual visits to your dentist for a routine dental cleaning in preventing and checking for tooth decay. Dental caries treatment varies with the severity of damage to your tooth starting with:
- Fluoride treatments : fluoride treatment may help restore your tooth enamel if a cavity is in very early stages and can sometimes be reversed.
- Tooth fillings : dental fillings are a type of tooth restorations and is the main treatment option for decay. Tooth cavity filling can be done with composite resins, porcelain or dental amalgams
Tooth filling procedure
Examination, X-ray and Treatment Plan
Our dentist examines the extent of decay or cavity by looking at your teeth to determine the extent of tooth decay. If our dentist suspects that the tooth cavity may be deeper, a small x-ray may be taken to check that specific tooth. A panoramic x-ray may also be requested to check the prognoses all teeth.
Dental fillings are best suited for minor decay and fractures.If this is your treatment option, our dentist discusses with you on suited dental filling to fill and seal a cavity. At Care dental, tooth colored fillings is typically recommended.
Removal of Tooth Cavity
Tooth Filling and Polishing
Types of filling materials are available
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Answers to questions
The recommended tooth decay treatment option for your case will depend on the extent of your caries. If there are small signs of caries but does not yet warrant a dental filling, fluoride treatment followed by consistent brushing can sometimes reverse the issue.
However, if the dental caries has damaged portions of your tooth, then dental fillings may be done. When the size of required dental fillings is large, onlays, inlays or overlays (that are porcelain pieces) may be recommended.
Assuming that the tooth decay has further significantly impaired the tooth, a crown may then done to fix the tooth. If the decay has infected the tooth root, root canal treatment would then be required.
Yes. When you chew, grind or clench, there is constant biting pressure that can cause tooth fillings to wear down, dislodge, chip, or crack. Decay-causing bacteria can work their way under the filling if the seal between the tooth and filling material has crevices.
No. Essentially, you will need to have the old filling removed and a new tooth filling done. It is important to replace damaged or broken filling as soon as you can too avoid bacteria leaking through gaps of the broken filling. If left untreated, infection and more extensive treatment may be required.
If your filling is broken or dislodged, you may experience a little pain when the tooth is exposed to the air or hot or cold temperatures. Make an appointment as soon as you can with your dentis. For interim relieve, applying a little dental cement that is available in drug stores can help reduce the sensitivity.
Depending on the type of material used, fillings usually last between seven to 15 years. If your filling is old and showing some signs of wear, it’s best to replace it before it cracks. Symptons that your dental filling may need broken or needs replacement :
- Your tooth hurts
- You feel pain when you drink cold beverages
- The old filling has become darker, slightly yellowish or changed color
- Part or the full filling has fallen out
- Your filling is old. Dental filllings can last a long time, if it is 7 to 15 years and shows some signs of wear, it is best to have it checked before it cracks.
Dental filling cost varies with the material chosen – amalgam, composite resins, porcelain. In general amalgam fillings are normally the least expensive. Composite resin tooth-colored filling are the preferred and more popular material.
Most individuals expect good aesthetics when requiring a front teeth filling. For this reason, composite resin or tooth-colored fillings will be the recommended or the preferred dental filling material. Our restorative dentist will first assess the chip or damage of your front tooth before determining if simple fillings or dental bonding might be used to treatment the issue.
Dental fillings can be completed in 1 visit. If walking-in to our dental clinic, the next available appointment time slot will simply be assigned to you.
A person who experiences any of the following should let their dentist know:
- worsening or severe pain
- a fever
- redness or warmth of the gums
- severe tooth sensitivity
A person may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold after a filling. This can occur due to minor nerve irritation, gum irritation, or inflammation due to the drilling.
These sensations typically improve with time. If they get worse instead of better, call our dentist. In some cases, the sensitivity can result from the shrinking of a composite filling.
- Avoid biting down on hard objects.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Brush your teeth daily.
- Floss regularly.
- Get regular dental check-ups.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- follow good oral hygiene practices