When the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth to treat a cavity, he then fills the area with a composite resin or porcelain that is colored to match your natural teeth. Composite resin is a material that is versatile and can be used to direct issues, like cracks or excessive wear by teeth grinding. Porcelain fillings provide enduring results and are incredibly durable.
How are tooth-colored fillings filled?
At first, local anesthesia is given by the dentist to numb the area that has to be filled. The dentist then drills the area, uses an air abrasion instrument or laser, to remove the decayed area. The dentist makes sure if the area is well cleaned. If not, then the cavity of bacteria and debris are wiped out. The affected area is then prepared for filling. He may first put a liner made of composite resin or porcelain to protect the nerve. Once the filling is done, the dentist then polishes it.
What are the types of indirect fillings?
Just as the tooth-colored fillings, indirect fillings are fillings that are made in a dental laboratory and require two visits before placing it. Indirect fillings are usually considered when there isn't enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling, also not that badly damaged to have a crown.
There are two types of indirect fillings:
Inlays:Event though, inlays are similar to fillings, the entire work lies within the cusps on the chewing surface of the tooth.
Onlays: Being bigger than inlays and covering one or more cusps, onlays are also sometimes called partial crowns as well.
Why is a temporary filling used for?
Temporary fillings are used under the following circumstances:
- Fillings that require more than one appointment,
- If you are following a root canal
- Letting a tooth's nerve to "settle down" if the pulp gets irritated
- If emergency dental treatment is required
- These fillings don't last for long. They either fall out, fracture, or wear out within a month.
How should I care for my teeth after tooth-colored fillings?
In order to care for your fillings you need to;
- Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is very important to maintain the fillings
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once daily
- If the filling cracks or leaks, you may immediately need to consult your dentist.
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