Dental Fillings – solutions for dental cavities and more.
Fillings are used to repair teeth that have cracked, fractured, or decayed. Cosmetic or composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be matched very closely to your existing teeth by our dentists, A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!
What is a dental filling?
Filling is a way to restore a tooth to the normal function and shape, that is damaged by decay. When a dentist provides you with the filling, first the decaying material is removed, the surface area is cleaned and the purified cavity is filled with a filling material. A dental filling also helps to avoid further decay by closing spaces in which bacteria can enter. The composite resin and amalgam, are the materials that are used for fillings.
We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. We want to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health.
Which type of filling is best for me?
No filling type is best for all. Depending on the extent of repair needed, whether you have allergies to some materials, where the fillings are required in your mouth and the cost, determine what the right filling type is best for you. the following are filling materials used.
Gold fillings are made and cemented in a laboratory. Gold inlays can last more than 20 years and are well tolerated by gum tissues. Many authorities consider gold to be the best filling material for these reasons. It is often the most costly choice, however, and requires multiple visits.
Amalgam fillings are wear resistant and relatively cheap. However, because of their dark color they are noticeable rather than restorations in porcelain or composites and are usually not used in areas such as the front teeth that are most visible.
Composite resins (plastic) are matched to the color of the teeth and are used, if a natural look is wanted. The ingredients are blended and placed in the cavity directly. Composites may not be ideal for large fillings, because over the course of time they can chip or wear. The coffee, tea or tobacco can also stain them and will not last as long as other kinds of fillings. Composite fillings generally last between three and ten years.
Porcelain filling is known as inlays or onlays and are made in a laboratory and then connected to the tooth. The color of the tooth can be matched and stain resistant. A restoration of porcelain usually covers most of the tooth.
If a large portion of the tooth has been damaged, a crown or cap may be advised. Decay reaching the nerve can be treated in two different ways: by root canal therapy or by pulp capping.
What happens when getting a cavity filled?
If your dentist decides to fill a cavity, the decay will be eliminated first and the area affected will be cleaned. Any of the above mentioned materials will then fill the cleaned cavity.
How to tell if you need a filling.
Only your dentist can find out if you have a cavity to fill. In a test, a small mirror will be used by your dentist to examine each tooth’s surfaces. Special instruments will check everything that looks abnormal. Your dentist can also radiate all or part of your mouth. Your dentist’s treatment depends on the level of damage caused by decay.
Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay and can prevent further decay. When choosing the type of filling material that is best for you, your dentist will consider a number of factors. The extent of the reparation, where filling is necessary in your mouth and the costs that will be included.
How Dental filling surgery is performed.
Local anesthesia – Local anesthesia may be given to numb the area around your tooth at the beginning of your filling process along with or in addition to nitrous oxide.
Tooth decay removal – The dentist then will then cut the enamel with a drill for any decay to be removed. The dentist will shape the room to prepare for the filling once the decay is eliminated.
Etching –Your dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel to prepare for filling the tooth cavity.
Resin application – The dentist will lay on resin and harden it with bright illumination for certain types of fillings to strengthen it.
Polishing – Your dentist will polish the tooth after the filling has been placed.
Post care procedures.
Avoid chewing while your mouth is numb.
Your mouth will feel numb after receiving your filling. Make sure that you don’t chew on your tongue, cheek or lips. Wait until the anesthetic wears out before trying to eat.
Refrain from Grinding Your Teeth
You may end up wearing down the surfaces of your teeth along with chipping or cracking your new fillings if you grind your teeth.
Foods to Avoid After Dental Filling
Especially when using a silver filling, avoid harsh, chewy and sticky food for up to two weeks. You will benefit from the avoidance of hot and cold drinks and foods if you experience tooth sensitivity.
Drs. Louis and Barry Sandor are here for you in Freehold, NJ to help solve all your dental needs. Composite dental fillings will restore the beauty and function of your teeth so you can smile confidently once more. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment or get answers to your dental questions.