A filling is a procedure in which the dentist removes tooth decay and fills the empty space with a restorative material. Fillings help prevent further decay and protect the tooth from further damage. They have various advantages such as high durability, longevity, excellent sealing ability, and great aesthetics.
Why might I need a filling?
There are a variety of reasons someone might need to have a filling, as teeth can get damaged from decay, cracks, or breaks. A filling is a simple way to repair a tooth. A filling is a dental procedure whereby your dentist will fill a cavity in your tooth that was previously created by decay. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or chipped teeth. Your dentist will numb the surrounding area before removing any decay and then filling your tooth.
What types of fillings are there?
Common types of fillings include:
- Amalgam fillings
- Composite resin fillings
- Glass ionomer fillings
Composite fillings are made of plastic and glass particles and are typically used on front teeth. Resin fillings are a mixture of glass particles and a plastic resin and are used on teeth like the molars. Amalgam fillings are silver in color and are made of a combination of metals, including mercury.
What is a composite filling?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored dental restoration used to fix minor dental issues like cavities. Composite fillings are made from a
mixture of plastic and glass, and they are a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal fillings. They are slightly more expensive than metal fillings, but they have a longer life span and are less damaging to the teeth.
What are amalgam fillings?
An amalgam filling is a silver-colored filling that is made up of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and zinc. It is typically used as a filling material in back teeth due to its strength and durability. With the introduction of tooth-colored fillings, their use has been reduced significantly.
How are fillings placed?
During the initial diagnosis, we will check the severity of the condition and determine whether or not you are a candidate for fillings. We will remove the decay from the tooth using ultrasonic scaling and disinfect the cavity. The cavity will be roughened using an etching solution and the filling will be applied to it. Once shaped appropriately, we will harden it using a curing light and take a bite test.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Day Dental Implants and Dentures, call (701) 888-9222 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5120 Prosperity Way Ste. 108, Fargo, ND.