A dental filling is a biocompatible material that can help to restore a cavity affected tooth. It is used to restore teeth to their full health after a cavity removal procedure. Its primary aim is to repair teeth that have been broken, cracked, or worn down. There are several types of dental fillings. The most common ones are Gold, Amalgam, Silver, and Composite Fillings.
What is the general procedure that is involved in getting a dental filling?
A dental filling is a restorative dental procedure and includes the following. First and foremost, the dentist would ensure that the patient is free from pain during the procedure. This involves administering a sedative that would minimize discomfort. An access hole is generated on the tooth’s surface with the help of a dental drill or an air abrasion instrument, whose usage would only be proceeded with the patient’s consent. The access hole creates a channel via which deposits and cavities would be accessed and removed. This also creates room to restore the health and function of the infected tooth with the help of the filling material. In case any cavity has reached the nerve-line, the dentist would apply a resinous material before inserting the dental filling. Later, the tooth will be restored with a filling material, sealed, and polished.
What are composite fillings?
A composite or tooth-colored filling is used to repair cracked, chipped, or broken portions of teeth. As they are free of metallic substance, composite fillings are known to be safe and free of side-effects.
The composite material is a mixture of powdered glass and resin material. The texture of composite filling certainly helps to match the color of natural teeth. Due to their natural appearance, they also help to impart cosmetic corrections to teeth such as improving their color by giving them a natural glow, restoring decayed or chipped teeth, closing off excessive gaps between teeth, and making them look even.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
Here are some of the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
- They are aesthetically pleasing as they match the color of natural teeth.
- Composite fillings harden easily and hence, reduce chair time spent.
- They prevent breakage and provide structural support.
- Can be easily repaired.
Why would you need composite fillings?
Composite fillings are generally required in cases such as:
- To cover chipped or broken teeth.
- To close the excessive gap between teeth.
- To restore decayed or infected teeth.
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