A Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function & shape.
When a filling is performed, removal of decay is performed, affected area cleaned and then filling of the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, composite resin, and amalgam.
Amalgam: (silver) fillings are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
Composite :(plastic) resins are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings generally from three to 10 years.
Porcelain: fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated in two ways: through root canal therapy (in which nerve damaged nerve is removed) or through a procedure called pulp capping (which attempts to keep the nerve alive).
What Happens When You get a Filling?
Removal of decay and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled with a composite material which is used to fill the tooth, to make it look white just like the original color of your natural tooth.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A FILLING
If your tooth has sensitivity to hot/ cold you may have a cavity which ends up in being a filling or a root canal. The only way to find out is if you come to Fulton Dental to get your checkup.
DOES GETTING A CAVITY FIXED HURT?
No it does not because we here at Fulton Dental use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before anything is started.
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