Thinking of Getting Tooth Fillings? Here’s What You Need to Know

Thinking of Getting Tooth Fillings? Here’s What You Need to Know

Dec 03, 2021

One of the remarkable things about teeth is that they were made to go the long haul. They are sturdy and may even feel indestructible at times. However, don’t mistake their sturdiness for invincibility. They can withstand a lot of stuff, but if you don’t show them some love every day, tooth decay will be the order of the day!

However, this doesn’t mean that you should right off the tooth if you have cavities and wait for the inevitable tooth loss. Tooth fillings exist for this very reason. In other words, your tooth can be repaired, and you can get back to enjoying your smile if you get fillings.

Types of Fillings

Dental technology is not what it used to be decades ago. Now, we have different types of materials that are used to create dental fillings. However, before you choose a variety of filling, consider the following:

  • Cost
  • Location of the cavity
  • The extent of the damage
  • History of allergic reactions to specific materials

So, these are your options:

  • Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain is a tooth-colored material that can blend in with the rest of your pearly whites. So, this makes them more life-like than the other options. Additionally, porcelain is a stain-resistant material, so you don’t have to worry about extrinsic or surface stains.

  • Composite-Resin Fillings

Composite resin is simply plastic. They are also tooth-colored and life-like, just like the ones fashioned from porcelain. But since they are made from composite resin, they are relatively inexpensive than the other options.

However, they aren’t stain-resistant and not as strong as the rest, so expect more dental visits since they will need more repairs.

  • Gold Fillings

These fillings are considered the best in terms of sturdiness. They are strong and can withstand the chewing force without cracking or chipping. Plus, the gums are known to tolerate them well. However, when it comes to aesthetics, they are not top of the list. So, this makes most people shy from this option.

  • Glass-Ionomer Fillings

These fillings are made from powdered glass and acrylic and can bond with the teeth. Also, they are tooth-colored and contain fluoride to help prevent further tooth decay. But, they are not as strong as the other fillings, so they can last for five years or so.

  • Amalgam Fillings

These fillings are fashioned from silver and other materials, such as copper, mercury, and tin. Just like the gold fillings, amalgam fillings are sturdy and are the best option for molars. They can also last for several years without needing any repair.

The Procedure

The procedure is usually painless and comfortable, so you don’t have to worry. So, even though you have dental anxiety, we have sedation to help you remain calm during the procedure. The procedure may vary depending on the location of the tooth and the materials used.

The general procedure goes as follows:

  • Our dentist will begin by applying some numbing gel to your gums. Once it has kicked in, local anesthesia will be injected into your gums
  • Then, our dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed part of your tooth, clean and prepare the hole to receive the filling
  • If the cavity is near the tooth root, our dentist will place a liner to protect the roots
  • If you are getting tooth-colored fillings, the filling will be placed in layers; then, each layer will be cured under a special light
  • For the other materials, there will be no need for the multilayering process; the hole will be filled at once
  • After the cavity is filled and has cured, the tooth will be polished and adjusted to ensure that your bite feels normal

Aftercare and Recovery

Even though your tooth is repaired, it might need you to take good care of it to ensure that the filling lasts long. However, some people experience sensitivity when their teeth are exposed to hot or cold foods, sweets, or even pressure.

But, this should subside after a few weeks. But during this period, getting toothpaste for sensitive teeth will be the best option. If the pain or sensitivity is still there after a week or two, get it checked out.

You might realize the filling is a bit rough at times, don’t worry, this will change after a few days. If this doesn’t change, come in to get the tooth smoothed.

If you have tooth-colored fillings, remember that they are not as strong as your teeth. So, avoid biting down hard foods and objects.

Fillings will save your teeth and improve your oral health. Contact us at NovaCare Dental if you need cavities removed, and your teeth revamped.