Get Dental Fillings To protect your teeth from further damage
Cavities are a common problem, and if left untreated, they can lead to much more serious dental problems.
A cavity in your tooth is the result of decay. If it’s not treated, the decay can spread and damage the tooth nerve, leading to pain and even tooth loss.
A dental filling can stop cavities from spreading and protect your teeth from further damage. Dental fillings are synthetic materials inserted into holes or gaps in the enamel of decayed, damaged, or broken teeth. They can be made of a variety of materials, including composite resin, glass ionomer, porcelain, gold, and silver amalgam. At Maylands Dental Centre, we use high-quality materials for our fillings, so you can be sure they will last for years.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A tooth filling procedure involves several steps, depending on the type of filling. Generally, a dental filling procedure involves the following steps:
Your dentist will first numb the area around your tooth with a local anaesthetic. They may not need to administer anaesthesia if the decay is limited to the tooth’s surface. They can remove the damaged enamel without causing pain.
As soon as the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will carefully remove the decay with a drill or an air abrasion instrument. Afterwards, they will make sure that the hole size and shape of the cavity are suitable and thoroughly clean it to ensure it’s ready for a filling material.
The dentist will then carefully fill the cavity with the appropriate dental filling material. The next step of the procedure depends on which type of tooth-filling material will be used based on each individual’s needs and preferences.
A dental amalgam filling is prepared by mixing all the materials just right before they are pressed into place. The material hardens on its own after a short time.
Meanwhile, there are additional steps involved in tooth-coloured composite fillings. Several layers of composite resin fillings will be applied to the area. The layers will be cured and micromechanically bonded to the tooth structure using a special light to provide support.
For indirect fillings, gold inlays, or porcelain inlays, your dentist will take moulds of your teeth that will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. While you wait for your permanent fillings, you’ll receive a temporary filling.
Lastly, your dentist will refine your tooth’s shape so that they are as close to your original tooth as possible, remove any excess material, and polish the restoration.
You shouldn’t feel any pain in your filled tooth after the anaesthetic wears off. Nevertheless, the injection site may be sore, and you may experience tooth sensitivity for a few days. Here are some tips to help reduce tooth sensitivity:
- Try chewing on the opposite side for a few days.
- Clean around the filling gently with a toothbrush and floss.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything hot or cold.
- Don’t eat anything acidic.
- Use desensitizing fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth sensitivity.
Generally, additional visits to the dental office are not necessary after a cavity filling. Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions and maintain a healthy diet to avoid adverse health effects. In the event of severe tooth pain after a filling procedure, or if your teeth remain sensitive for more than two weeks, make an appointment with your dentist.
When decay attacks a tooth’s enamel, the damage is permanent. Left untreated, the decay will spread and worsen, causing damage to the tooth’s healthy areas. A standard filling will not be able to repair a tooth that has been neglected for an extended period of time. When decay reaches the pulp chamber, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, the bacteria will irritate and infect the pulp. This will necessitate root canal treatment.
If decay is not treated quickly enough, the tooth may be lost. In this case, a root canal will not be able to save the tooth. The decayed tooth may have to be pulled and replaced with an artificial tooth replacement, such as a dental implant or bridge.
The longevity of your filling depends on the type of material used, where it is placed in your mouth, and how you care for it. Fillings made of glass ionomer and composite materials should last up to five years. Amalgam and ceramic fillings can last up to fifteen years, and gold fillings can last over twenty years.