Dental fillings are one of the most standard restorative dental procedures. Its primary function is to treat a cavity by removing the decayed area and filling the space with a medicated material. The process is painless and does not take more than an hour. At Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center, we provide dental fillings for our patients to restore the tooth to its earlier function and appearance.
What Is the Use of Dental Filling?
- They help restore the tooth’s strength and shape, enabling the person to bite and chew normally.
- They avert damage, decay, and the loss of a tooth.
- They can fill the cracks formed on the enamel.
- They repair a broken tooth whose enamel has been exposed to damage and decay.
- They reinstate worn-out or eroded teeth.
What Are the Types of Dental Fillings?
Some of the most regularly used material for fillings includes the following:
- Composite Resin or Tooth-Colored Fillings
These filings are composed of a mixture of powdered glass and plastic resin. They can be used to fill the top surface of the teeth and closely resemble the replaced tooth structure. They also release minor amounts of fluoride that help decrease the risk of further tooth decay. The tooth-colored composite fillings are particularly well-suited for the front teeth.
- Silver-Colored Fillings
Silver-colored fillings are a combination of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. It is more resilient and inexpensive than composite fillings.
- Gold Fillings
These filings are composed of a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. While these fillings are expensive, they are sturdy. However, these fillings do not look like they are part of the natural teeth.
- Glass Ionomer Fillings
These are also tooth-colored restorations but are not as durable as composite resin fillings. They are fabricated from acrylic and glass, in addition to fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. It is mainly utilized for children and is more expensive than silver-colored fillings.
How Are Dental Fillings Done?
The first step involves numbing the affected tooth and gums by administering local anesthesia. The area to be filled is checked for decay or damage, and then the precise quantity of filling required to cover it is determined. The decay in the tooth is gently removed, and the area is cleaned and dried. The cleaned portion is then packed with the filling material to restore the original structure of the tooth. Then you are made to bite hard to check if the filling has set comfortably.
If you are interested in learning more about dental fillings, call Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center in Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 at (360) 855-0351 and schedule an appointment.