Most people develop a cavity by the time they reach adolescence. Cavities not only look like big black holes but they are painful as well if they reach the root level. At our clinic, we offer teeth fillings with a variety of materials in order to secure the cavities and prevent tooth extraction as long as possible.
How are teeth fillings done?
When you visit our clinic for the first time, the New Port Richey Dentist examines the present condition of the decayed tooth. An X-ray is taken to check the extent of the cavity. The dentist then clears the decayed portion of the tooth with a dental drill and prepares it for the filling by cleaning it thoroughly. Anaesthesia is given in order to prevent pain or discomfort. After the cleaning process, an acidic solution is used to etch the tooth to open the pores. Finally, a cement-like compound is applied which can bind the filling material to the tooth. The filling material is applied in layers and each layer is cured or hardened with the help of a curing light. The tooth is polished to give it a natural look.
Variety of filling materials
- Tooth colored composite- This filling material closely matches the actual tooth color and bonds with the tooth in order to provide support to it. However, they wear out faster than other fillings.
- Silver filling- Metal fillings last for 10 to 15 years and they can withstand the pressure of chewing as well. However, they can sometimes lead to cracking and discoloration of teeth.
- Cast Gold- Once again the durability level is higher because of the metallic nature of the filling but it goes without saying that this is the most expensive choice compared to other fillings.
- Ceramic- Porcelain fillings are stain resistant. These ceramic fillings can last for 15 years but they are as expensive as gold fillings and abrasive as well. Porcelain fillings are stain resistant.
- Glass ionomer- The filling is a combination of acrylic and a particular glass material which blends with the natural tooth. It has a lifespan of 5 years and is used to cover cavities below the gum line. It can fracture or crack with time.
Oral Care for Fillings
When the filling is done, the general dentist at our practice suggests brushing and flossing. It is better to avoid hot and cold liquids just after the filling procedure. Tooth sensitivity is normal for a couple of weeks but if the pain persists, the filling needs to be adjusted.
For more information on dental fillings, get in touch ‘A Glamorous Smile’ today to solve your cavity issues!