Dental Fillings: One of the Best Ways to Treat Tooth Decay and Cavities

Dental Fillings: One of the Best Ways to Treat Tooth Decay and Cavities

Feb 01, 2021

Tooth decay is one of the leading dental issues that affects a multitude of people globally. It’s not uncommon to be diagnosed with this dental issue, and if you have currently heard your dentist tell you so, you should know you are not the only one faced with dental decay.

Tooth decay, brought about by poor oral hygiene and dental trauma, greatly affects the teeth’s structural integrity, leaving them vulnerable to disintegration and, eventually, tooth loss. However, despite this, these dental issues can actually be corrected, and your tooth’s structural integrity and function restored.

This can be achieved by opting to undergo a tooth filling treatment with our Lakewood dentist. Getting a dental filling is one of the most common dental procedures carried out within dental clinics. This is because fillings have been used over the years to seal up cavities and tooth fractures, thus restoring the affected teeth.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Tooth Filling Treatment?

You may be wondering how to tell whether you need to get a dental filling or not. Here are a few indicators that point out the need for you to undergo a tooth filling treatment:

  • A persistent toothache or pain whenever you bite down or chew
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A change in teeth color, particularly if you notice any dark sections on your teeth
  • A cavity that you can see or even feel
  • A chipped, fractured, or broken tooth that has any ragged edges or causes any discomfort
  • Floss that frays whenever you floss along a certain section of teeth

Any of these symptoms could indicate the need for a dental filling. It’s essential to always keep in mind that our dentist may recommend you get a filling even if you do not experience these symptoms. This is because a cavity may still be present and not cause you any pain or discomfort.

Our Lakewood dentist will help you ascertain whether or not you need to get a dental filling.

Tooth Filling Procedure

Here is what you should expect during a tooth filling treatment:

  • After our dentist identifies which tooth needs a filling and has ascertained the extent of the damage through detailed X-rays, your procedure will begin
  • The first step will involve you getting local anesthesia to numb out the affected area
  • Our dentist will then drill to get through the enamel and gain an entry point that will give room for the decay removal

After the decay removal, our dentist will proceed to shape out the space left behind and prep it for the filling. Then, the empty space will be disinfected and cleaned out thoroughly. If the cavity was near the root, our dentist utilizes a liner to protect the pulp region before putting in the filling. Lastly, after the filling has set in, the tooth will be polished.

It’s important to keep in mind that the steps involved within this procedure may alter based on the type of dental filling you are getting. For instance, if you are getting a filling that is designed to resemble your teeth color, it will be applied in a series of layers and allowed to cure under a special light before being trimmed out and finally polished.

Types of Dental Fillings

Several fillings are available. The type you select will be based on personal preference, the site of the filling, cost, durability, and the extent of restoration required. Here are some of the different types of fillings:

  • Gold Fillings

They are not entirely made from pure gold but a combination of metals such as copper. Gold fillings are a popular choice due to their durability. They can last up to 20 years if taken care of properly. Although gold fillings are durable and can be tolerated by the gum tissues, they are a bit expensive and are not ideal for front tooth restorations due to their lack of aesthetic appeal.

  • Amalgam Fillings

These are made from a combination of different materials that may include silver and tin. They are durable and not as expensive as the gold fillings. However, they tend to darken over time and are too conspicuous to be used for front tooth restorations.

Before opting for this type of filling, you need to ascertain whether or not you are allergic to amalgam because a certain percentage of people often are.

  • Composite Resins

This type of filling is made to resemble your tooth color. They are made from powdered glass and acrylic resin. They are aesthetically appealing and can be used for front tooth restorations. However, they easily crack under force and are prone to staining.

  • Porcelain Fillings

This type of filling is designed to resemble your tooth color and is an aesthetically appealing front tooth restoration option. They can last for about 15 years under good care.

Contact us today at Station Dental Group (Lakewood) for your dental filling procedure.

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