Tooth decay and cavities are the most common teeth problem that most people encounter in their daily life. They usually occur on the occlusal grooves on the molars and premolars as a result of the collection of microbes and food residues in the grooves. Tartar deposits that get accumulated near the gum line or the rear teeth can also lead to the formation of cavities. Lack of proper oral health care, irregular brushing and flossing habits, and dry mouth result in plaque and tartar formation that leads to cavities. Cavities can affect one's entire oral health and also ruin the beauty of the person's smile. If you spot the onset of cavities, the best way to keep them from growing deeper is by restoring them using fillings.
What are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin and are placed in cavities to restore the teeth' strength, shape, and functionality. Different types of dental fillings are available - gold, porcelain, silver, amalgam, tooth-colored fillings, etc. Metal fillings were the only solution to treat cavities in the past, but now, their use has been limited as they can affect your smile's aesthetics. Now, tooth-colored biocompatible fillings have replaced metal fillings, especially in visible areas of the teeth.
A dental filling process entails removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling that area with a filling substance. After a detailed examination of the tooth by your dentist, the procedure starts with numbing the surrounding area. Once this is achieved, the decayed portion will be removed by the dentist using an air abrasion instrument or laser. The area is cleaned, and debris of bacteria present in it is also removed. The dentist then applies the dental filling to the decayed part to protect it from further damage. The dental filling process can also be helpful for patients who have broken, cracked, or worn down teeth.
How to Care For Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings should be maintained with proper oral hygiene - with proper brushing and flossing, to make sure that they will last long. With the best care and avoiding unhealthy oral and eating habits, they can last for many years without any trouble. However, any new decay can weaken the existing fillings that will ask for its replacement.
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