Filling cavities is a relatively basic and straightforward procedure. You may plan to spend around an hour at your dentist's office. This provides the dentist adequate time to complete the dental work, take any necessary x-rays, and explain everything to you. Your dentist will numb your teeth, gums, and skin around them before filling cavities to keep you comfortable and minimize pain. After that, the decayed portion will be removed and a filling will be placed in its place. It simply takes a few minutes to complete this process.
Your mouth will likely be numb for a few more hours once the procedure is complete. Filling cavities carries no substantial complications, but you should keep your dentist's contact information handy in case you have any problems or complications.
Tooth fillings are most commonly used to repair a decayed tooth. In addition to repairing tooth damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism), fillings can also be used to replace a missing tooth or part of a fractured tooth.
Types of Fillings for Cavities
There are a variety of filling alternatives available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Silver amalgam (a mixture of mercury and silver), tooth-colored composite material (tooth-colored filling), porcelain, and a specific form of glass are all examples of filling materials. Cost, insurance coverage, and aesthetic preferences all play a role in determining which dental fillings are right for you. Filling cavities can be done with a number of materials, each of which has a different strength and color. Amalgam and composite are two of the most common forms of filling materials.
Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for almost a century and are the most thoroughly investigated filling material available. For fillings in the rear of the mouth, such as the molars, where chewing takes place, amalgam is ideal since it is robust and resistant to wear and tear. As a result of the amalgam fillings' composition, when you laugh or smile, you may be able to see your fillings. Compared to other cavity-filling materials, these fillings are among the most affordable.
It is possible to conform the color of a composite filling to the color of your tooth, and these fillings can be composed of glass or quartz. Small- to medium-sized restorations in parts of your mouth that undergo moderate chewing are suitable for composite fillings because of their durability.
For cavity filling, the most popular metals are gold or silver amalgam. As much as 10 times more expensive than silver amalgam fillings, gold fillings may be preferable to silver fillings if you choose the metal's longevity over a composite material's. Metal fillings can last as long as 10-15 years before they need to be redone, which some individuals find unappealing.
Unlike composite fillings, a ceramic filling (often made of porcelain) is tooth-colored and may be less prone to staining over time. Nonetheless, the cost of a ceramic filling is comparable to the cost of a gold cavity filling.
05. Glass Ionomer
Fillings made of Glass Ionomer, an acrylic-glass combination, release fluoride to protect teeth when placed in cavities. Porcelain ionomer fillings last longer, but glass ionomer fillings need to be changed sooner.
06. Points to Note
After dental fillings, you may feel some sensitivity and pain, but this should pass quickly. Don't forget to brush and floss every day. A better option is to use sensitive-tooth-friendly toothpaste and mouthwash.