Since early childhood, we’re no stranger to toothaches thanks to sweets and chocolates. And for a lot of us, our parents reminded or forced us to brush our teeth time and time again. Otherwise, we get bad cavities and plaques.
Visits to the dentists are also a preventive measure that can help treat cavities or keep them from coming. If you’ve tried going to the dentist as a child, perhaps you’ll remember getting dental fillings to treat cavities in your tooth!
What are dental fillings?
Dental or cavity fillings are used to protect your affected tooth from further decaying. If your tooth has a cavity and it remains to be unfilled, the tooth will worsen until it leads to bone loss and tooth extraction.
What will the procedure be like?
Most dentists will look at your X-rays first and tell you about the dental work needed. The procedure will then start by numbing your teeth and gums so you won’t feel uncomfortable during the process. The next step is to drill out the decay and finally to replace it with a filling. Everything will only take a few minutes so you won’t have to worry about anything.
If you are getting your cavity filled out, you can check out some of the different types of cavity fillings as listed below:
1) Composite Fillings or also called as filled resins. These are a combination of glass or quartz filler. They are durable and can be created to match the colour of your teeth. They are also advisable for small-to-mid-size restorations.
2) Amalgam fillings are one of the most used cavity fillings since time immemorial. They are the cheapest among the other cavity fillings and are very durable. Amalgams are usually used for filling cavities in the back of the mouth. Also, they are made of a combination of many metallic elements, and so they can be visible when you smile or laugh.
3) Glass Ionomer Fillings are a combination of acrylic and glass. They release fluoride that helps protect your teeth. But, the downside would be that it is less durable than the others, and it needs to be replaced at least every five years. If you are looking for short term solutions, this can be your option.
4) Ceramic Fillings are usually made of the material, porcelain, and they can be made to match the colour of your teeth just like composite fillings. But, they are less likely to be stained than the latter. Also, this type of filling can be quite expensive.
Get Your Cavity Fillings at Brite Dental
For your cavity fillings, we offer General Dentistry at Brite Dental. Dr Tara Kader and our dedicated team offer services such as fillings, mouthguards and hygiene treatments, among others in Panania. Schedule an appointment with us and we will make sure that you’ll go through the procedure as quickly and as painlessly as possible to help you get that beautiful, Brite smile!