Dental fillings are a common type of dental restoration. A filling helps restore a tooth damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. A filling keeps the tooth from further decay by sealing it off from bacteria.
To get rid of the decay, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then clean the area. Then, they will fill the cavity with a filling material.
What are the different types of dental fillings?
There are many different types of dental fillings available, and your dentist can help you choose which one is best for you.
Amalgam fillings: Amalgam fillings are silver-colored and are the most durable type of filling. They can withstand up to 12 years' worth of chewing.
Composite resin fillings: Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings made from plastic and glass. They offer good durability and resistance to stains. They are often called white fillings and are a popular choice for many patients. Due to their tooth-colored nature, they can blend in easily with the rest of your teeth.
Glass ionomer fillings: Glass ionomer fillings are like composite resin fillings, but they contain glass particles in them. They release small amounts of fluoride, which can help strengthen your teeth.
Gold fillings: Gold fillings are made from gold alloy, and they've been used for centuries. They are resistant to corrosion and extremely durable.
What is the procedure involved for fillings?
During the dental filling procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled. The dentist will use a drill to get rid of any decay from the tooth, leaving only the healthy tooth structure. Your dentist will then use dental putty to bond the composite resin material to the tooth. Once it is properly placed, the dentist will shape it according to your teeth.
Once the dental filling procedure is complete, your dentist will polish it until it is smooth.
How long do dental fillings last?
A dental filling can last many years and also can be replaced easily. This will depend on how well you take care of your teeth and your filling. With good oral hygiene, a filling can last for a very long time.
At Dynamic Dental Services, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (773) 538-6191 or visit us at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609.