Smiles on Queens Dentistry is committed to dental restoration for patients through dental filling procedures. Single or mixed metals, polymers, glass, or other materials are utilized to repair or restore teeth in dental fillings. One of the most common applications for fillings is to fill a cavity in a tooth that your dentist has removed due to decay. Fillings are also used to restore teeth that have been worn down due to usage, such as those that have been cracked or shattered.
What materials are used to make dental fillings?
The type of filling that best meets your needs is determined by the location and extent of the decay, the cost of filling material, your insurance coverage, and your dentist’s suggestion.
– Gold: It lasts at least 10 to 15 years and has a nice look, according to some.
– Silver: Last at least 10 to 15 years and are less costly than composite fillings.
– Tooth-colored composite fillings: Shade may be accurately matched to existing teeth’ color, binds to the existing tooth for added strength.
– Ceramics/porcelain: Lasts over 15 years and is more resistant to stains.
What steps are involved in filling a tooth?
The dentist will first use a local anaesthetic to numb the region around the tooth. The deteriorated region will next be removed with a drill, an air abrasion device, or a laser. The tool chosen is determined by the dentist’s level of comfort, training, and investment in the piece of equipment, as well as the location and amount of the decay.
Following that, during the decay removal process, your dentist will probe the region to see if all of the decay has been removed. After the decay has been removed, your dentist will clean the cavity of germs and debris in preparation for the filling. Your dentist may first place a liner composed of glass ionomer, composite resin, or another substance to protect the nerve if the decay is near the root. Your dentist will usually complete and polish the filling once it has been placed. Tooth-colored fillings need a few extra processes, which are outlined below. The tooth-colored substance is put in stages after your dentist has removed the decay and cleansed the region. After that, each layer is exposed to a specific light that hardens it. Your dentist will mold the composite material to the desired outcome, cut off any extra material, and polish the final restoration when the multilayering process is done.