Dental Fillings: Some Basic Facts

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The complication of dental fillings is on rife these days. We often hear people going to their dentists due to some problem or the other. However, the major being the problem of tooth decay. Here, we shall be discussing on the basic facts on dental fillings. Let’s have a look.

1. What are Dental Fillings?

A filling may be defined as the process by which a damaged tooth is treated. It is restored to its normal position and shape. The dentist follows certain steps to get the process done properly. He makes use of certain filling materials to complete the process. The entire process is explained below in detail.

2. Process of Dental Filling

In short, the dentist removes the decayed tooth. He cleans the bacterial infection. Then, replaces it with some filling material to prevent further decay. Elaborately the steps are discussed here. The dentist makes the area near the affected tooth numb. Then, by using a drill, he removes the portion that is decayed. Once the dentist is confirmed that the decay is completely removed, he cleans the microbial infection properly. And, takes proper precautions to protect the nerves near the roots of the affected tooth using glass ionomer liner. Next, the filling is applied layer by layer. Applying a special light on each layer the material is hardened. Once it is done, the dentist then carries out the process of trimming the material from various sides to give it a proper shape and position. Final touch is given by polishing it. Once the polishing is done, the entire process of dental filling is completed.

3. Which Material to Choose for your Dental Fillings?

While selecting the material for your dental filling, take proper note of all the following points. These are:

  • Extent of decay
  • Location of Decay
  • Dental insurance
  • Cost involved in the process

4. Various Types of Fillings

Various materials are used for dental fillings. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. The materials used are gold, silver, porcelain and plastic (resins). Gold fillings have several advantages, the major one being the long lasting one. However, its pretty expensive. Plastic ones are not generally suggested for large fillings sine they are easily stained due to the consumption of tobacco and other intoxicating things. Porcelain ones don’t get stained easily and thus, are recommended. Silver ones are also known as the amalgamated ones. These are also quite expensive. However, based on all the above factors mentioned, dentists decide the filling material for a patient.

5. After Dental Filling

The process after dental filling is also very important. Once the dental fillings are done, the patients are recommended to maintain proper dental hygiene as suggested. Also, they must visit their dentists to check if everything is fine and no further complication arises. Proper oral hygiene must also be practiced so that the patient need not worry about the fillings in their future.

These are some basic facts on dental fillings. If you have one. Take proper care. And, if you need one, visit your dentist immediately. Stay healthy.

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