Fillings / Restorations
Dental fillings are synthetic materials used by the dentist to fill a cavity or fracture in any of your natural teeth. It is a way to restore an affected tooth to its normal function and shape.
Fillings also prevent decay from spreading further into your tooth and the necessity of a more invasive treatment like root canal or tooth extraction.
COMMON REASONS TO GET A DENTAL FILLING
⦁ Tooth fracture
⦁ Tooth decay or cavity
⦁ Existing fillings that need to be replaced due to chipping, fracture or wear
⦁ Esthetic concerns
⦁ Closing space between two teeth
AVAILABLE MATERIALS FOR DENTAL FILLINGS
There are a variety of materials used for dental fillings, some of these include:
⦁ Composite or resin fillings (tooth colored): These fillings provide good durability, and excellent esthetic results because of their natural look. They can be used for either front or back teeth.
⦁ Silver fillings (amalgam): Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals. These fillings are strong and long-lasting and have been a staple in the dentistry business for many years. Amalgam is safe for adults and children, ages 6 and above.
⦁ Ceramic fillings: Porcelain or ceramic fillings have the best esthetic appearance and can last up to 20 years. They are more resistant to fracture and stains and have superior durability and strength. These can be used in teeth that have great chewing pressure such as molars and bicuspids.
⦁ Gold fillings: Gold is one of the most durable materials in dentistry. They typically will not break or fracture.
HOW CAN I AVOID NEEDING A FILLING?
⦁ Brushing at least twice a day
⦁ Regular flossing
⦁ Avoid sugary foods
⦁ Regular dental visits