When your tooth has a cavity or an area of decay or is cracked or otherwise damaged, Dr Chandra will use a dental filling to repair it. Dental fillings can help protect the weakened area of the tooth from further decay or damage and in some circumstances may even strengthen the tooth.
Dental fillings are generally chosen for their strength, durability, and aesthetics. A filling can be made of amalgam material, or it can be made of porcelain, composite resin, or glass ionomer. The latter three are white or tooth coloured, while the former tends to be silver coloured.
White fillings provide a more natural match for the tooth and are often favoured for this reason alone. They bond chemically to the tooth, so little healthy tooth structure needs to be removed during the filling process. In fact, the filling actually strengthens the tooth. White dental fillings may be more likely to wear out earlier unless they are properly cared for.
White fillings are often an especially good choice for front teeth or to repair chips or cracks in teeth.
As with most dental restorations, dental fillings are not permanent and will someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years provided you take care of them.
Reasons for fillings:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
What does getting an amalgam filling involve?
Amalgam fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Your dentist will make sure your tooth is completely numb and then remove decay or damaged material from the affected tooth as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleansed and carefully prepared to receive the amalgam filling. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The silver amalgam filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first placed, but this should subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given post-care instructions at the completion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new fillings.
Prevent dental problems before they occur
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Warning: not everyone may be suitable for this treatment and any oral appliance carries risks of treatment.