Getting Rid of Decay With Dental Fillings
Believe it or not, there is a lot of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria inside your mouth can feed on sugars that come from all the different foods and beverages you consume, many of which leave a residue behind on the teeth. When the bacteria start this process, it can start to destroy the enamel, leading to major dental decay. The decay gets worse and leads to a cavity that would need to get filled or else it would get a lot worse.
The professional dentists will take care of the cavities on your teeth while eliminating the excessive amount of bacteria that may be on the teeth. It’s important to have those cavities sealed properly to keep anything worse from happening to your teeth, like losing your teeth which could necessitate possible implants , bridges or dentures all together.
Are All Fillings the Same?
Different materials may be used by the dentists to fill the cavities. Amalgam fillings are the traditional option, commonly made of silver and copper as well as some other materials. These fillings are silver and they’re noticeable for that very reason. Because most people don’t want their fillings to be noticed by others when they’re talking or opening their mouths, the amalgam fillings are usually only used on teeth that are located in the back of the mouth.
Resin is a separate material used to fill cavities. It’s become increasingly popular over the last decade because it’s made to match the teeth so that people won’t even know a patient has a filling. The material isn’t just used for filling cavities. In fact, it’s often used to fill in sections of the teeth that may be slightly chipped or cracked due to accidents that might have occurred.
Although not as strong as the amalgam fillings, resin fillings still tend to last quite a while. They’re ideal for people who don’t want to have metal fillings in their mouth. In addition to these materials, other options are available, including fillings made of either plastic or porcelain materials.
What To Expect With Dental Fillings
If you need to get a filling, you’ll be able to undergo the procedure at the dental office and the entire process won’t take up much of your time. The dentist would need to numb the specific area of the mouth with a local anesthetic, get rid of the decay inside of the tooth, and then carefully cover the cavity with the filling. If a resin filling is used, the dentist would likely need to use a blue light to dry the material. The dental filling typically gets cemented directly over the tooth after the tooth is carefully cleaned out and all the decay gets removed.
Preventing the Cavities
It’s always a good idea to have cavities filled to prevent the decay from getting worse. If fillings aren’t used, decay can eventually cause the tooth to fall right out. Although they can protect a tooth, fillings can’t be used to prevent additional cavities from forming, so always make sure you’re taking the best care of your teeth to prevent the cavities in the first place.
If you’re dealing with some decay and you’d like to solve the problem before the situation gets any worse, you can contact us today and we’ll help you out by providing the best possible restorative dental solution.
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