What is a Dental Filling?
A dental filling is a procedure and is a restorative dental treatment. In beginning, your dentist examines your teeth to diagnose the depth of decay, in some cases, an X-ray is needed to find out the exact size of the cavity.
In this process, your dentist removes decay from your teeth then places filling materials on your tooth. Removing cavities prevent further damage to your tooth.
The dental filling is most appropriate for small fractures and decays; for more serious instances, your dentist may decide to use alternative solutions to restore your teeth, including an implant or dental crown, may be required.
When do I need a dental filling?
You may need to visit a dentist for dental filling if you
- Experiencing sensitivity and pain when you are eating sweet foods or cold and hot drinks
- Have Toothaches
- Have pain in your gum or underlying bones
- Have broken a tooth or lost an existing filling
Why is dental filling Important?
Most people think of cavities and unpleasant processes when they think of a dentist appointment, but not why they need it. Most people care about their teeth, they strive to keep their mouth clean and healthy by brushing and flossing every day. But occasionally, we have tooth decay. This may be caused by poor oral hygiene, and not brushing after drinking alcohol or food especially sweets.
It is essential that you visit a dentist regularly every 6 months for check-ups to prevent any damage to your teeth and gums.
Can dental cavities spread to neighboring teeth?
One of the major reasons why fillings need to be done immediately is because if they are not done, diseased teeth and dental cavities will spread over other teeth and turn your healthy teeth into unhealthy ones, Hence it is highly recommended to visit a dentist if you have any tooth with cavities before getting late.
Preventing unnecessary damage
If you leave a tooth with a cavity in your mouth, not only the adjacent teeth may be affected but also the affected tooth will remain in the mouth so that the bacteria can develop and spread all over your mouth, and if the infection is not treated it may spread to other parts of the body and lead to other nasty diseases.
Keep a pleasant smile
Your smile is one of the first things people notice. You will have to extract the tooth if you do not receive a filling and the issue becomes worse. A false tooth is not only costlier, but it also requires a longer time to install which is not as easy as a regular filling. It will create a gap in the smile unless an implant can be placed. All of this may be prevented by having a filling as soon as a cavity appears.
Types of dental filling
Several materials for tooth filling are now available. Teeth may be filled using silver amalgam (mercury combined with tin, copper, silver, and zinc)
porcelain, gold, or composite resin fillings, which are tooth-colored plastic and glass materials.
The kind of filling that best meets your requirements is determined by the location and size of the decay that your dentist will discuss with you.
What filling material do you use?
We are an amalgam-free practice and don’t use amalgam for our patients, instead, we use composite resin or tooth-colored materials that are strong and durable.
Silver Amalgam has been used since the 19th century and contains mercury that can increase toxicity on the negative effects on health, so we decided to discontinue the use of amalgam at Amitis Dental Studio practice.
We decided to be a practice that uses composite resin materials because of:
Is dental filling painful?
The treatment will be painless due to the local anesthetic, which numbs the region surrounding the afflicted tooth, improving the patient’s comfort during the operation.
Dental Filling After Care
To keep your fillings in excellent shape, practice proper dental hygiene; seeing your dentist for cleanings on a regular basis, brush with fluoridated toothpaste, floss, and gargle with the antibacterial mouthwash as required.
If the dentist thinks that the filling material may be leaked or broken (if the sides of the material do not fit closely with the teeth, this will enable saliva and debris to dissolve between the tooth and filling that may cause the filling material to fall off), he will conduct x-rays to evaluate the issue. Call the dentist for a consultation if the tooth is hypersensitive.
Do You Need an Appointment
Getting the dental care you want and need is much easier than you think. At Amitis Dental Studio in Fortitude Valley, we have flexible hours to meet your time.
If you are concerned about your teeth and think maybe you need a dental filling, simply call our clinic and our team will assist you and ensure you receive the best possible dental care.