A filling restores a decayed, broken, or cracked tooth. When a tooth is damaged, your dentist will try to repair it with a filling or a crown, thereby restoring it to its original size and shape. Fillings are used when a tooth is damaged by decay. The decayed area will be removed and filled with an amalgam or composite resin material.
Amalgam fillings are silver in color and are quite noticeable. This type of filling is considered more durable than other materials and can withstand the chewing forces of your back teeth. Since they have quite a displeasing appearance, they are usually preferred for the rear teeth. For the incisors and canines that are visible when we smile, we usually suggest tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are either made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin and are one of the most preferred types of dental filling. They offer excellent aesthetics and durability and can be completed in a very short time span. Once placed, the filling will perfectly resemble the appearance of the enamel and render excellent sealing properties.
Advantages of fillings
Despite how common they are, many patients still have questions about fillings. Here are some advantages to consider.
- Fillings made of composite or silver amalgam restore teeth that have been damaged by decay.
- Fillings help to restore a tooth to its natural, white color.
- They are relatively inexpensive.
- They offer very good sealing properties.
How is a filling placed?
This restorative procedure usually takes just one appointment. First, the decay is removed, and the hole is cleaned. Then, the dentist will etch the surface of the tooth, which will help the bonding material stick to the enamel. A putty-like resin is then applied to the tooth and sculpted to the proper shape. The material is then hardened with a dental laser or ultraviolet light.
What happens after getting a filling?
Your mouth may be sore or sensitive after a filling. Follow your aftercare instructions to help reduce pain and sensitivity. If your filling is deep, your dentist may recommend a soft diet and pain relievers. Avoid sticky or chewy foods that can pull at the filling, such as toffee, caramel, gum, etc.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Doubletake Dental, call (801) 225-1002 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 163 N 400 W St A1, Orem, UT, 84057.