Fillings

Fillings

Jul 08, 2019

Introduction

For treating a cavity, the dentist in Plano will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the area of the tooth. The fillings are also used for repairing cracks and broken teeth along with treating worn down teeth due to nail-biting or teeth-grinding.

What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?

The dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. He will then drill the decayed part or use a laser for removing the infected portion. He will then clean and sanitize the area before placing the filling. After filling, the procedure will be finished by polishing.

What Types of Filling Materials are Available?

Here’s a look at some of the commonly used filling materials:

Cast gold

  • Advantages:
  • Esthetically appealing than silver amalgam filling
  • Can last up to 10 to 15 years
  • Can withstand chewing forces
  • Disadvantages:
  • More expensive option
  • Needs additional visits
  • Gold filling placed next to silver amalgam can lead to galvanic shock i.e. sharp pain.

Silver-fillings (Amalgams)

  • Advantages:
  • It can for 10 to 15 years
  • It can sustain chewing force
  • Disadvantages:
  • Not esthetically appealing
  • Cracks and fracture due to expansion and contraction

Tooth-colored composite fillings

  • Advantages:
  • It is esthetically appealing option
  • Offers great bonding with tooth structure
  • Disadvantages:
  • Not a durable option
  • Need to spend more time in chair

Other

  • Ceramic
  • Glass ionomer

Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Composites?

The companies cover cost of composites up to the price of silver filling and the patient needs to pay the difference.

What Are Indirect Fillings?

They are same as composite fillings, but needs two visits before being placed. They are chosen when not enough tooth structure remains to support a filling and the tooth is so damaged that it needs a crown. Inlays and onlays are its two types.

Are Amalgam-Type Fillings Safe?

According to ADA, the amalgam fillings are absolutely safe and there is no link between mercury-based amalgam filling and any kind of disease.

How Should I Care for My Teeth With Fillings?

  • Maintain good oral care routine
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste