A dental filling is a treatment used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a dental filling.

When Are Dental Fillings Needed?

One of the most common services done to a tooth is filling. A cavity forms on the tooth’s surface, and this will create a hole or cavity that penetrates the enamel and the dentin. The cavity needs to be filled immediately to avoid further decay of the exposed tooth tissue.

If left untreated, tooth decay will continue to form inside the tooth. This can cause extreme pain and can also lead to the loss of the tooth. Fillings are regularly used to fill cavities, but they can also replace old fillings that have become discolored or damaged over time.

What Types of Fillings Are Available?

There are many different types of fillings available, such as amalgam, gold, ceramic, and composite resin fillings. Each of these options offers unique benefits, so the best option for a patient will be dependent on the size and location of the cavity as well as his or her budget. Composite resin fillings are often the least expensive option, but they are also prone to staining and wear from the natural wear and tear of chewing food. Gold fillings are also durable, and they are resistant to corrosion and discoloration. However, they are also one of the most expensive types available. Amalgam fillings are also durable and resistant to corrosion. They also cost less than other metal types of fillings. They are often silver in color, but they are one of the most affordable options available to patients.

When the dental team notices that the patient has a cavity forming on his or her tooth, they will recommend the best type of filling for the patient’s condition. The patient will then have that filling placed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the affected tooth.

How Is Dental Fillings Procedure Performed?

A dentist will first apply a local anesthetic to the affected tooth to help numb the area and prevent the patient from experiencing any discomfort during the procedure. Next, the dentist will remove decay from the tooth and remove any weakened areas of the tooth by drilling into the tooth enamel. Then, they will apply the composite resin material to the area that was removed or drilled out. The resin material is then cured or dried with a curing light. Once the resin has been hardened in place, the filling is complete. The patient may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days after the filling has been completed. However, if the sensitivity persists for more than a few days, the patient should contact their dentist to discuss a solution.

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