Tooth fillings, or dental fillings, are part of dental restoration of missing tooth material and it restores the integrity or quality of lost tooth material.
To treat a cavity in your tooth, a dentist@health will remove the decayed material and then fill the space with filling material. Fillings are used to repair cavities as well as cracked and broken teeth or teeth that has been worn down by misuse such as nail biting or tooth grinding.
What You Can Expect at Dentist@Health
- Your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
- Then a drill or similar instrument will be used to remove the decayed tooth material.
- The area then needs to be tested to ensure that all unwanted material has been removed.
- The cavity will be cleared of bacteria and debris.
- If the decay is near a nerve, your dentist will apply glass ionomer or other appropriate material to protect the nerve.
- When the material has settled your dentist@health will finish and polish it.
- If tooth-coloured material is used as filling, it will be applied in layers and each layer will be hardened with a special light.
- When the multi-layering is completed, the dentist will shape and polish the filling.
Your dentist may opt to use indirect fillings which will require two visits as the fillings are prepared in a dental laboratory.
Indirect fillings are used when not enough tooth material remains for a filling but a crown is not needed. Between the two visits, you will receive a temporary filling. There are two typesof indirect fillings namely inlays and overlays (onlays).
Fillings are best maintained by following healthy dental care habits like regular dentist visits to clean it, as well as brushing, flossing and daily wash with antibacterial mouthwash.
If a tooth is extremely sensitive, cracked or a part of the filling is missing it, is important to see your dentist@health as soon as possible.
Sensitivity in tooth fillings should disappear in two to four weeks or you experience pain when biting on the tooth, you need your dentist to have a look.
Sometimes you may experience the interesting occurrence that other teeth become sensitive. This is called “referred pain” and it means the filled tooth passes on pain signals it receives to the other teeth. It should disappear within 2 weeks.
It is a good habit to have regular check-ups of filled teeth as filling break-down may lead to food particles and harmful bacteria entering the cavity, causing a tooth abscess. Old fillings may develop problems as a result of decay of the remaining tooth.
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