If you have Cavities, you have to go through Dental Fillings. Filling is a treatment that will restore your tooth’s normal function and shape, which was caused by decay. It’s a very common problem that you may face. So there’s no need to worry about it. Our dentist will perform this filling process very smoothly to ensure you the most comfortability.
How Do You Know if You Need a Filling?
We will examine the surface of each tooth using a small mirror. Anything that looks different, like discoloration, is sensitive to the change of temperature or defective will be X-Rayed and checked closely. Depending on the extent of damage and the type of filling you agree on, we will get into the filling procedure.
Which Type of Filling is Best?
Which type of tooth filling do you need depends on the extent of the repair, any allergies to the filling materials, the location of the cavity and cost.
- Gold filling:
They are made to order and then implemented into the right place. Gold inlay is the best one for gum tissues. They can easily last more than 15 years. It’s a very expensive choice for filling and requires multiple visits.
- Ceramic Filling:
They are known as inlays or onlays fillings. Ceramic Fillings are very expensive as they are matched with tooth color and highly resistant to abrasion and staining. Ceramic Fillings generally cover up most of the tooth. They can last more than 15 years like the gold filling.
- Amalgam (silver) Filling:
ADA (American Dental Association) says Amalgam Fillings are resistant to wear and they are less expensive. Amalgam Fillings won’t be the best choice for the highly visible area because of it’s dark color.
- Composite Filling:
Composite Fillings are the one that matches with the color of your teeth. That is why they look more natural. However, composites are less durable and can become dusty very easily just like your teeth. So if you want durability then Composite Fillings won’t be the best choice. But they are a good choice for smaller fillings.
What Happens When You Get a Filling?
When we put a filling onto your tooth, we may inject local anesthesia to numb the area. Next, we will use a drill to cut through the enamel and remove decay. When the drill reaches the second layer of the tooth which is called Dentin, we use a slower-speed drill as Dentin is softer than enamel. We will shape the space to prepare the room for filling. To protect the tooth’s pulp (where the nerves are), we often put in a base or a liner
If you need a bonded filling, we will first etch the tooth with an acid gel. By etching we will make tiny holes in the tooth’s enamel which will be filled with composite materials. Bonding material also be used so that the filling bonds to the tooth in two ways. Often we use Bonded Fillings to reduce the risk of leakage or decay that can occur under the Filling.
Some of the fillings get hardened by a special light. We will layer the material with these fillings and stop several times to shine a bright light on the materials to harden and make it strong.
Finally, we will use burs to finish and polish the tooth that was filled. If any sharp edges remain, we will fix them during a follow-up visit.
What’s it Like After Getting a Filling?
When you get a filling, you may experience some changes in sensation on the tooth, but these symptoms don’t last long and get faded over time. For example, some people may feel sensitivity to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold foods after receiving a filling. Usually, this sensitivity decreases in 1–2 weeks. However, after getting your filling, if you experience immediate pain and extra pressure when you bite down, maybe it’s because your filling is too tall. This is a very common thing that you don’t need to worry about. We can easily correct it.
If you still feel pain after 2 weeks, you may have to visit us once again. In some cases, you need to use a different filling material in the future or replace the filling, add a base, liner or desensitizing agent to the tooth. But if your filling is too deep, we recommend you a root canal treatment.
Fillings shouldn’t stop you from smiling proudly. So, if you need a filling now or in the future, don’t worry about the process. It’s gonna be a very comfortable, easy treatment.