A dental filling is a way to restore a decay-damaged tooth to its normal function and shape. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then the resulting hole will be filled with a material that restores the tooth to its full function. At ProCare Dental, several fillings are available, including amalgam, gold, and composite resin. Each type has its characteristics and best application, and our doctors will discuss which type best suits your needs. Dental fillings may be placed in one appointment, depending on the size and type of your restoration.
The Procedure for Fillings
Before the procedure, our dentist will numb your tooth and surrounding areas, so you will not feel any pain. Then, they will remove the diseased enamel and dentin from your tooth. This will allow the decayed tissue to be replaced with a restorative material. The filling, often composite resin, will then be placed into your tooth. Finally, the composite resin is cured with a high-intensity light to harden it into place. Once hardened, the filling will be polished to look natural in your smile. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once to help remove plaque and food particles. Also, limit sugary or acidic foods and drinks to help protect your teeth from decay. Our dentists may also recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.
The Benefits of Fillings
Different filling materials are available, and our dentist will help you choose the best option for your needs. Our dentist may recommend a composite resin material for teeth that are visible when you smile and need a more natural look. A silver amalgam is used for back teeth because this material can withstand biting pressure well. Gold may be another option for filling molars because it is solid and long-lasting.
Cavities can cause severe pain in the tooth and are a sign of much more significant problems within the mouth, such as gum disease, abscesses, and more. By getting fillings at the first sign of decay, you can avoid these more significant problems.
In addition to cavity prevention, fillings restore the tooth’s function and prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. This means you can chew normally and enjoy all your favorite foods without pain or discomfort.
Although fillings can last a long time, they eventually must be replaced. You can help extend the life of your dental work by practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily and flossing once daily. Avoid biting down on hard items like ice and hard candy. And visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. To learn more about fillings, contact ProCare Dental at 1377 E 3900 S #202, Salt Lake City 84124, or call (801) 278-2817.