Dental Fillings

A cavity, crack, or dental treatment leaves a tooth with a weakened structure that cannot withstand the pressure from the opposing tooth. This tooth is more susceptible to breaking down, ultimately leading to tooth loss. Moreover, a weak tooth structure doesn’t put forward much resistance against a bacterial attack. Fortunately, you can restore the function and appearance of such teeth with dental fillings.

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are materials composed of metals, plastic, glass, or other substances used to restore or repair diseased or broken teeth. These are called dental fillings because they literally ‘fill’ a tooth’s hollow area left due to a cavity or dental treatment. In many cases, a dental filling is used to restore a tooth’s structure after the dentist removes its decayed enamel. Dental fillings also help repair cracks and chips in teeth.

What are the signs of tooth decay?

Tooth decay or dental caries, one of the most significant reasons you may need a dental filling, is caused by several factors. This problem doesn’t show any alarming signs in its starting phases but gets severe during advanced stages. Here are the common symptoms of tooth decay or dental cavities.

  • Toothache, which generally tends to be spontaneous
  • Pain ranging between mild and severe when eating hot, cold, spicy, or sugary foods
  • Tooth hypersensitivity
  • Visible pits in teeth
  • Yellow, black, white, or brown stains on the tooth surface
  • Pain when biting down on anything

Types of Tooth Fillings

Different types of dental fillings are available to address a wide range of dental problems.

  • Silver amalgam fillings: Standard dental fillings that consist of silver, mercury, and other materials
  • Composite fillings: Resin-based Fillings that help restore aesthetics and natural color of the decayed or treated tooth
  • Ceramic fillings: Tooth-colored porcelain restorations with an enhanced ability to resist staining
  • Gold fillings: Costliest and most durable dental fillings

What is a dental filling procedure?

Dental filling treatment is an in-office treatment performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or even general anesthesia. The steps of this procedure may vary depending on the filling materials and the location of the treatment area. However, the fundamental steps are the same. Here is a brief overview.

  • The dentist will administer anesthesia in the first step.
  • Then, they will remove the decayed area of the tooth using a drill or another specialized tool.
  • Then, they will fill the hole in the tooth using the type of dental filling selected.
  • Lastly, the dentist will reduce the filling material until it complies with the bite and then polish the surface.

You may need inlays or onlays, depending on the structure of a tooth left after the dentist preps it for filling.

Inlays are pre-modeled dental fillings fitted in the grooves of a tooth’s chewing surface. An inlay is generally adjusted in the center of the chewing surface.

On the other hand, onlays fill a sizeable chewing surface area. This dental filling option is ideal for teeth with damage too large for an inlay but too small for a dental crown.

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Benefits Of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings give your decayed or damaged teeth another lifeline. Here is a brief overview of the benefits you can get with dental fillings.

  • Inhibiting cavity growth: Dental fillings to treat the cavity essentially involve removing the decayed area of the tooth. The dentist then fills the hole with the dental filling material and lets it fuse with the tooth’s remaining structure. Not only does this restore the tooth’s function and appearance, but it also stops the cavity from growing.
  • Improving the tooth structure: All types of dental fillings fill up the hole in the damaged or decayed tooth, making that tooth whole again.
  • Strengthening the fractured or treated tooth: A fractured tooth is usually in a highly fragile state. A dental filling creates necessary bonding inside that fracture, overcoming the fragility and improving the tooth’s function. A root canal treatment causes tooth damage similar to a fracture. Dental fillings support such treated teeth as well.
  • Restoring aesthetics: Composite filling can be applied to the stained or discolored tooth areas to conceal the discoloration.

Dental Filling Before and After

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Dental Filling FAQs

How do you fill a tooth?

Dentists use a specific material to fill a tooth. While many options are available, gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, and composite resin are used to fill a tooth in general.

What are white fillings made of?

White fillings or tooth-colored fillings are resin composite fillings made of ceramic and plastic compounds.

How long do fillings last?

The life of a dental filling depends on different factors such as the type of material used, eating habits, and dental care routine. For instance, Gold Amalgam lasts for about 15 to 30 years, Silver Amalgam lasts for about 10 to 15 years, and Composite Resin lasts for about 5 to 7 years.

Can I drink water after tooth extraction?

Some beverages can be harmful after tooth extraction, but water is safe. So, patients should avoid beverages other than water for at least 24 hours.

How long after tooth extraction can I eat?

A person can eat food after tooth extraction. But only soft foods should be eaten for the initial 24 hours. After one day, candidates can eat other foods after consulting the dentist.

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Do you want to restore the function and aesthetics of your damaged or decayed teeth with dental fillings? You can get in touch with our highly qualified, board-certified dentists at EuroMed Clinic Dubai. For more information or to book a consultation, please fill out the form below.

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