Stop tooth decay in it’s tracks.
What is a dental filling?Dental fillings are dental materials which can repair, restore your carious teeth. A dental filling is needed in case of early dental caries. Not just cavities, but fillings can restore your smile too.
A dental filling is needed in case of :
- Early dental
- cavities Chipped/broken or fractured tooth
- Improving aesthetics
- Correcting gaps in between front teeth
You may experience the following which are indicators that you need a dental filling :
- Tooth sensitivity
- Black spots
- Food getting stuck
- Floss gets frayed after use
Depending on the material different dental fillings are available like :
- Amalgam filling – Silver amalgam fillings have been the choice of dental filling for many years now. They can be used as a filling material for posterior teeth. These are not aesthetic due to their colour, they are not used as filling material for anterior (front) teeth
- Composite fillings – Direct composite dental fillings are the go-to material due to many of the advantages it provides. Being tooth coloured, they are the main choice for fillings in the anterior (front ) teeth. Depending on the need, other white (tooth -coloured) restorations are recommended like the following
- Inlays – Inlays are indirect restorations made in a dental laboratory. The tooth which has a large cavity is cleaned and prepared to receive an inlay. An impression is taken and sent to a laboratory. The prepared inlay is then fixed on the tooth.
- Onlays – Onlays are indirect restorations made in a dental laboratory. Onlay is a preferred choice for a tooth with a large cavity involving a cusp or with extensive loss of tooth structure. Onlays made of porcelain or zirconia, give the added strength to the filling.
Maintenance efforts form the basis of long lasting results
- Brush your teeth two times a day and floss once a day
- Gargle with water after every meal.
- Avoid eating sticky foods and hard substances with the teeth having dental fillings.
- Visit your dentist regularly every 6 months for a routine dental check up.