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Comprehensive Guide to Tooth Fillings

The process of filling the affected or prepared part of a tooth, or multiple teeth, after removing decayed areas (cavities or dental caries) is known as a tooth filling or dental restoration. To repair the decay, a dentist removes the decayed tooth tissue, creating a cavity, and then fills the space with a biocompatible material.

Various materials are used in dentistry for fillings, including silver amalgam, gold, glass ionomer cement, and composite. Composite fillings are the most preferred type because they match the color of the tooth and are durable.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: The primary advantage of tooth colored fillings is their ability to blend in with your natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result compared to metal fillings.

  2. Strong and Durable: Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, providing added strength and stability. They are durable and can withstand the pressures of chewing and biting

  3. Less Tooth Removal:These fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure compared to amalgam fillings. This means more of your natural tooth is preserved.

  4. Versatility: Composite fillings can be used to repair not only cavities but also chipped, cracked, or worn teeth. They are versatile and suitable for both front and back teeth.

  5. Safe and Biocompatible: Made from biocompatible materials, tooth colored fillings are a safe choice for most patients. They do not contain mercury, unlike some traditional metal fillings.

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    Aftercare Procedure

    1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to prevent future cavities and keep your fillings in good condition.

    2. Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit our dental clinic regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings. This helps in monitoring the condition of your fillings and overall oral health.

    3. Avoid Hard Foods: While composite fillings are strong, avoid chewing on hard foods or objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can cause the fillings to chip or crack.

    4. Watch for Sensitivity: Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold after getting a composite filling. This usually subsides within a few days. If it persists, contact our clinic.

    5. Use a Mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night, consider using a mouthguard to protect your fillings and prevent damage to your teeth.

    The Tooth Colored Filling Procedure

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    A tooth filling, or dental restoration, is a procedure to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of a missing tooth structure resulting from decay or external trauma. The dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth and fills the space with a suitable material.

    Fillings are needed to repair cavities caused by tooth decay, to restore cracked or broken teeth, and to improve the appearance of worn teeth. This prevents further decay and restores the tooth's functionality.

    Common materials include:

    • Composite Resin: Matches the color of the tooth and is durable.
    • Silver Amalgam: Known for its strength and durability.
    • Gold: Highly durable and non-corrosive.
    • Glass Ionomer Cement: Releases fluoride, which helps protect teeth from further decay.

    A simple extraction usually takes about 20-40 minutes. Surgical extractions may take longer, depending on the complexity of the case.

    The best material depends on the location of the filling, the extent of decay, and patient preference. Composite resin is popular for its aesthetic appeal, while amalgam and gold are valued for their durability.

    The procedure typically involves:

    • Preparation: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area.
    • Decay Removal: The decayed part of the tooth is removed.
    • Cleaning: The cavity is cleaned to remove bacteria and debris.
    • Filling Placement: The chosen filling material is placed in layers, with each layer being cured (hardened) using a special light.

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