A filling is a technique that is used to restore teeth that have been damaged due to bacteria and dental cavities. Generally, a decayed tooth’s ultimate solution may seem like an extraction, however, there are other means to save the teeth by using a filling technique. The material used as a filling can either be Gold, Porcelain, Amalgam, or even Tooth-colored filling, also known as Composite filling.
When do you require a filling?
Patients would require a filling in cases when the teeth have been:
- Severely damaged due to teeth decay.
- Broken or cracked.
- Suffers from extreme dental cavities.
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or hot food.
What is a composite filling?
A composite filling is a filling material that is used to fill the cavities of the teeth to restore damaged teeth. Composite fillings are known to be long-lasting, highly durable, and natural looking. Being almost the color of the teeth are the most popular choice for a tooth filling. These fillings not only restore decayed teeth, but also those that have been damaged due to discoloration, chips, and slight breakage such as cracks.
What are the benefits of composite filling?
Composite fillings have several advantages:
- As a composite filling is more or less the color of the teeth, it helps the teeth regain its natural look and form. Patients are also keen to choose this filling due to its natural results.
- These fillings are known to provide better structural support and function for the teeth. The material, composite can fully blend in with the teeth than other types of fillings, hence, providing better stability to the recovering teeth.
- Composite fillings have no side-effects as their material composition will not affect the chemistry of the teeth. The teeth will suffer no expansion or difficulties after the filling is done.
- These fillings are known to be Mercury-free. Fillings with added Mercury component are known to be slightly dangerous to patients who are expecting. Composite fillings are Mercury-free making them the safest option for a dental filling.
What is the procedure for getting a composite filling?
A typical procedure for composite filling are:
- The area of the teeth where the filling must go will be numbed.
- This will include the surrounding areas of the teeth.Any aspect of decay and cavities will first be removed with dental instruments.
- The filling will then be mold to fill and fit the cavities of the teeth.After the filling procedure, the teeth will be cleaned and polished.
- The tooth can be protected with a restoration such as crowns and bridges.