Tooth decay is the softening of the tooth enamel, and it affects the structure of the teeth. Bacterial accumulation on teeth and their by-products of sugar metabolism causes the process. Prolonged loss of minerals from the tooth enamel can lead to cavity formation on the tooth. The process can affect the structure of your teeth. Therefore, it is essential to maintain daily dental hygiene to avoid tooth decay.

Regular preventive dental hygiene checkups with your dentist can allow early detection of cavities and avert continued damage. Tooth decay treatment depends on the severity of the condition. If your teeth are damaged by tooth decay, then you may require filling, bonding, crown, root canal, or even extraction in severe cases depending on your situation. According to general dentistry procedures, your dentist should examine your teeth and recommend the necessary and appropriate treatment.

 

What are Teeth Fillings?

A tooth filling is the restoration that is placed after a small or moderate sized tooth decay is removed. A filling re-establishes the tooth back to its natural shape and size. General dentistry procedure dictates that before your prosthodontist fills your tooth, the dentist should remove the decaying part of the tooth, clean the affected and then cover it with a filling material. Resources used for fillings are porcelain, composite resin or tooth-colored filling, gold, and amalgam.

 

Which is the Best Filling?

There is no specific recommendation for the ideal tooth filling. Your dentist should be in a position to determine the best tooth filling for you. The extent of your cavities determines the decision to be taken regarding the part of your mouth where the filling requires fixing, cost, and whether you are allergic to some materials.

 

Types of Cavity Filling

Amalgam

The silver filling is durable and ideal for replacing teeth on your back mouth. Additionally, they are pocket-friendly to fix. They are notable because of their dark color; hence, they are ideal for teeth in your back mouth. Amalgam fillings last 10 to 15 years if well maintained.

 

Composite Filling

These fillings consist of plastic and resin materials that are fixed to the decayed tooth area and hardened using ultraviolet light. Your dentist will match the filling to your teeth color. These are more costly than a silver filling.  The composite filling lasts five to seven years.

After filling your teeth, you need to be conscious of your daily dental hygiene as a preventive dentistry procedure.

 

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding involves attaching materials to your tooth to change its shape and color.

 

Teeth Bonding

Dental Bonding is a procedure where a composite resin is attached to the natural tooth structure to rectify the tooth damage. The process is more affordable compared to other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to fix the decayed tooth. Tooth bonding can last between four to eight years based on the location of the tooth and the individual's chewing habits.

 

 The Process

Your dentist will select a shade that resembles your natural teeth color. After the decay is removed the dentist roughens the tooth surface and applies a liquid that makes the bonding agent stick to the tooth. The tooth is then hardened using ultraviolet light. Afterward, the tooth-colored composite is applied, and the tooth is reshaped to the desired sized. The ultraviolet light is again used to harden the tooth-colored resin. Once the resin is set, a final shaping, trimming, and polishing is done to ensure the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface match.

 

Teeth bonding is Essential for:

  • Repairing cracked teeth.
  • Rectifying the shape of your teeth.
  • Acting as an alternative option to an amalgam filling.
  • Filling up spaces between teeth.
  • Restoring a decayed tooth.
  • Sealing out your tooth root which may have been rendered visible because of receding gum.
  • Decreasing the appearance of stained teeth.

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