A dental filling is a standard solution to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, clean the affected area, fill it in with resin, and polish the tooth. Dental fillings can last for many years but may eventually need to be replaced.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are a few different kinds of dental fillings, each designed to correct different dental problems.
- Direct fillings made from gold, porcelain, silver, or composite resin
- Inlays - indirect fillings that cover the inner grooves of the tooth
- Onlays - indirect fillings that cover the inner grooves of the tooth and the margins
Advantages of Dental Fillings
Preventing the Spread of Tooth Decay
Dental fillings can stop the spread of tooth decay. The decay can spread from the enamel to the dentin and, if left untreated, the decay will continue to the inner structures of the tooth, eventually causing an infection. With dental fillings, dentists can restore your smile and prevent further damage.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
Dental fillings repair teeth damaged by tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to cavities and dental abscesses. Once a tooth develops a cavity, bacteria can hide and multiply inside.
Protecting the Teeth From Further Damage
When a cavity is left untreated, it will continue to eat into the tooth. Eventually, this can lead to bacteria working their way into the nerve of the tooth, which can cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Dental Filling Procedure
Dental fillings can be completed in one visit. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The dentist will first remove any decay from the tooth. Then, the tooth will be cleaned and prepared, which may involve removing some of the surfaces of the tooth if it’s damaged. Then, the filling is placed. Once the filling is set, the dentist will polish and buff the tooth.
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