Dental filling is a treatment procedure that we use here at Star City Dental to restore the integrity, morphology, and function of a damaged tooth. The tooth might be damaged by either trauma or decay. For teeth to be eligible for dental fillings, they must still be strongly rooted in the jawbone. The filling material is used to fill up cavities left after the decayed part of the tooth has been extracted.
There are several different filling materials that can be used. They include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, composite resin, and ceramic. The choice of material is mainly informed by the price, and the cosmetic appearance you are looking for. Gold and porcelain are usually the most expensive, and also the best options. They bond well with the tooth and are durable.
Dental Fillings Procedure
The dental fillings procedure is conducted under local anesthesia. Our dentists have to ensure that you do not experience any kind of discomfort during the procedure. The next step is to remove the decayed material in the case of tooth decay or shape the tooth in cases of fractures and chippings. A drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument is used depending on how much material has to be removed.
Once all the decay is gone, our dentist has to clean and disinfect the cavity thoroughly. They must ensure that there are no bacteria left behind, to ensure the decay cannot reoccur. The filling material is then used to fill up the cavity. The material is usually soft and flexible at the time of the filling. This allows it to set well into the cavity. Once the tooth is filled up, it will be polished and shaped like an ordinary tooth.
Dental fillings are very effective in strengthening a tooth. Decay or trauma can cause a tooth to become weak and unable to perform functions such as chewing. You’ll be able to chew like before once the tooth has been filled up. Dental fillings with materials such as porcelain and composite resin, which are easy to match with the color of the tooth are the perfect option for those looking for a natural appearance. Nobody would be able to notice that you’ve had the tooth filled up.
The procedure takes about an hour for a single tooth. You might experience a little bit of some discomfort after the effects of the anesthesia subside. It should be nothing serious, but if it persists, ensure you come back and get checked by one of our dentists.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
Fillings, especially gold and porcelain, last for a long time. Ordinarily, they will undergo wear and tear as you continue to use the tooth to chew over the years. That means that will have to be replaced at some point. The exact duration usually depends on how well you can take care of your filled tooth. When you notice since of wear such as chippings and cracks, you should get the fillings replaced. People who have bruxism might need to have their fillings replaced sooner. Call Star City Dental at (402) 858-0525 today if you need to find out more about dental fillings.