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What are dental fillings?
Patients in Edison, NJ come into the dental clinics asking to have a dental filling procedure to solve their problems with tooth decay. When your tooth has decayed, your dentist prevents further damage by removing the decay, cleaning out the affected area and putting a filling in the area where the decay used to be in order to restore normal function and normal tooth shape. Getting a dental filling is the most common way of restoring teeth and it is important to seal or close off these areas where the decay was to avoid any further damage to the tooth. If a patient has a broken or cracked tooth, or a tooth that has broken down from excessive tooth grinding, getting a filling is also an option to restore the tooth.
What are the types of fillings that you can choose from?
Silver Amalgams are the most commonly used filling material and are made of 50% mercury mixed with silver, copper, tin, or zinc. This is most popular type mostly because it is the least expensive compared to the other dental filling available in the market. With proper oral care, silver amalgams can last to as long as 10 years.
Composite fillings are popular with patients as well because it has a very high aesthetic value since its color is very close to tooth material. However, composite fillings are not as durable as silver amalgams and are more expensive.
Ceramic or porcelain fillings are both durable and has high aesthetic value since the color is also very close to match the natural color of the patient’s tooth. This type of filling may be expensive compared to the first two mentioned but it is well worth it since porcelain resists stains and cannot be scratched easily like resin.
Glass ionomers are made from a combination of acrylic and glass. This type of medical filling is not as durable and will last for less than 5 years. This is also the recommended choice for children since the glass ionomers are designed to release fluoride, which can improve the child’s oral health to strengthen and protect it against further damage.
Gold fillings are not so popular because it is the most expensive but dentists guarantee that it is sturdier, not corrosive, and can last for more than 15 years.
What is a dental filling procedure like?
A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area and the decay will be removed using a drill, air abrasion, or a laser. The decay will be removed and the dentist will make sure that the area is clean and no debris is left before filling the tooth. Your choice of filling is then put in and shaped and molded to look like your original tooth.