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When a tooth has been harmed or damaged by trauma or decay, fillings are commonly used to restore its function. Dental fillings help prevent further decay by sealing off any cracks or crevices where bacteria could spread.
Types of Fillings
Dental fillings can be divided into two major groups: metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings. Each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Our dentists will help you determine the best choice for you.
- Amalgam: The classic, affordable silver-colored fillings are highly durable but require more drilling and are quite noticeable.
- Gold: Cast gold fillings are robust and long-lasting. However, they are an expensive option and typically very noticeable, which can be considered a plus or minus.
- Composite: Composite fillings, or filled resins, are plastic and glass mixtures that require less drilling and last almost as long as metal alternatives. However, they are pricier than amalgam fillings.
- Porcelain: Porcelain fillings are long-lasting and do not stain like some composites. However, they are more expensive and fragile due to the higher glass content.
- Glass Ionomer: These budget-friendly acrylic and glass fillings release fluoride to prevent decay but typically don’t hold up as long as other fillings.
What to Expect When Getting a Filling
- We first examine the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. Sometimes we may take an X-ray to get a better look.
- On the day of the procedure, we administer local anesthesia, then use a dental drill or laser to remove the damaged tissue and clean the cavity.
- Next, the area will be cleaned of all bacteria and debris, followed by cement that bonds the tooth and the filling. After placing the filling, we sculpt it to fit the tooth’s natural shape.
- After the procedure, avoid eating on the side of the filling for two hours. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal, but if it continues for more than two weeks or you feel any pain, we may need to adjust the filling.
- Depending on the filling material, it can last 5 to 15 years.
Continue to brush and floss mornings and evenings and get regular checkups and cleanings twice a year. Tooth decay is a very preventable disease and with good oral hygiene and professional care, you can make your most recent cavity your last!