In case of a cavity, the decayed part of the tooth is first removed and then filled. If you are suffering from a dental cavity, Dr. Williams and Dr. Williams are experienced professionals at HomeTown Dental at Irving, who can efficiently remedy the situation. Dental fillings are also good for repairing broken, cracked, or worn down teeth.
Dental Filling Procedure
First, we conduct a dental exam to analyze the condition of your tooth. At the beginning of the dental filling process, we use a local anesthetic to numb the site near the infected tooth.
Secondly, a drill, laser, or air abrasion tool is used to get rid of the decayed portion of your tooth. We thoroughly test the area to ensure all decay has been eradicated.
After that, the site is prepared through dental cleaning, which involves removing bacteria and debris. In case the decay is close to the tooth, we will first insert a liner made of composite resin, glass ionomer, or another suitable material to safeguard the nerve.
If tooth-colored fillings are used, the material is applied in layers. A particular type of light is used to harden each layer. Once the filling is in place, we trim off any excess material and finally polish your tooth.
We place over the molars to avoid further decay for patients who are at a higher risk of cavities. In case tooth decay develops near the filling after some time, a dental crown may be used to cure it.
Types of Dental Fillings
Various kinds of dental fillings are available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The ones most suitable for you would depend upon your budget, insurance coverage, and aesthetic inclinations. Common types of dental fillings include:
This material has been used by dentists for more than a hundred years. Amalgam fillings are sturdy, and therefore best for catering to cavities at the back of the mouth where teeth are mostly used for chewing. They consist of a mix of different metallic elements, making them potentially noticeable when you laugh.
Composite fillings are also known as filled resins or composites. They consist of a mixture of glass or quartz filler and can be designed to resemble the color of your natural teeth. These fillings are durable and are best for small-to-medium-sized tooth restorations.
Gold or silver amalgam are the two most popular metals used to make dental fillings. Gold fillings generally cost 10 times more than silver ones. People may opt for metallic fillings if durability is their priority. While these fillings are quite noticeable, they can last as many as 10 - 15 years before requiring replacement.
Ceramic cavity fillings are typically made of porcelain and are tooth-colored. This material is less likely to stain over time as compared to composite fillings. However, ceramic fillings are almost as expensive as gold ones. They are quite durable and can last up to 15 years.
These fillings are a combination of acrylic and glass. They release fluoride to shield your tooth. It is usually used for fillings below the gum line or for fillings in children’s teeth. However, glass ionomer is not as durable as composite resin and is prone to wear and tear.
After you are through with the fillings procedure, make sure you maintain healthy oral habits for tooth and periodontal care. If you are suffering from tooth decay, schedule an appointment with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving by calling us at (469) 599-2020 today.