Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are a treatment that restores a tooth damaged by a cavity to its normal strength, structure, and function. Your dentist will use a drill to removed decayed material and examine the cavity to ensure no infection has gotten established. Cavities must be filled even if they’re not painful at the moment. Spaces and holes that compromise enamel allow bacteria to enter and destroy the tooth. Please note that it’s important to tell the dentist if you have any allergies, especially metal allergies.

What’s the best filling for me?

Your dentist will make an assessment of your tooth using x-rays and a close visual exam of the affected area before making her recommendation. There are several choices for dental filling material, including:

Composite resins. These are tinted to match your teeth’s color and are the top choice for cosmetic considerations. Resin and hardener are mixed together and placed into the cavity. The composite hardens rapidly. Composites can be stained from tobacco, coffee, or tea. They last from 3 to 10 years and normally aren’t an ideal choice for large cavities.

Silver. also called amalgam fillings resist wear and tear well, and aren’t as expensive as gold fillings. They have a dark color and are more noticeable than composite fillings. Because of their visibility, they’re not a good choice for front teeth. They’re an excellent choice for back teeth.

Gold fillings. are the most expensive option, but they’re long lasting, up to 20 years or more. It takes several visits to the dentist for gold fillings to be fitted.

Dental Fillings Aftercare

It’s not unusual to have some tooth and gum pain after any dental filling. Avoid hot or cold foods for 24 hours and don’t bite down hard on tough foods. All fillings need a little while to sit firmly into the tooth structure. It pays to baby the filling for a day or so. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a few days and take over the counter pain relievers when necessary. If tooth pain becomes severe and the steps above don’t work, be sure to contact your dentist at Dental Wellness of Suffern immediately.

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