Dental fillings are a standard dental procedure that many people undergo here at Swansboro Family Dentistry at some point in their lives. If you're looking for information on dental fillings, you've come to the right place! We'll cover everything you need to know about dental fillings, from what they are to how they're done.
What is a dental filling, and what does it do?
A dental filling is a procedure in which a dentist repairs a tooth that has been damaged by decay or fracture. The dentist will remove the decayed or fractured material from the tooth and then fill the cavity with a material that restores the function and strength of the tooth. Dental fillings can be made from various materials, including gold, silver, porcelain, and composite resin.
A dental filling aims to restore the function and strength of a damaged tooth. A dental filling seals off the area where decay was removed from the tooth and helps to prevent further damage to the tooth. It also helps keep food particles out of the cavity and reduces the risk of developing an infection in the teeth.
Why might you need a dental filling?
Decay, small cracks, or fractures can cause damage to teeth over time. It is vital to have the tooth repaired by a dentist using dental fillings when this happens. A broken or decayed tooth may make eating difficult and could also be susceptible to an infection that would spread through your body if left untreated. This is why you should always take care of any issues with your teeth as soon as possible!
Another reason for needing a filling might be gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis develop when bacteria build up in spaces between the teeth and root, causing infections. The bacteria attacks supporting tissues like bones and ligaments. Once bone loss begins around one or more teeth, it can cause shifting of the teeth or tooth loss.
Types of dental fillings
There are a variety of materials that we can use for dental fillings, including gold, silver, porcelain, and composite resin.
Gold is a popular choice for dental fillings because it is durable and long-lasting. It does not rust like other metals and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Silver is another popular choice for dental fillings because it kills bacteria and helps to prevent infections from developing in the teeth. Porcelain is often used for cosmetic reasons to restore the appearance of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or fracture. Composite resin is a plastic material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, making it a popular choice for fillings on front teeth.
How to maintain teeth after getting dental fillings
Once you have had your dental fillings installed, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits to keep them healthy and functioning correctly. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist for regular exams.
Swansboro Family Dentistry offers a range of dental fillings and other services to address all your oral health needs. We can help you understand what type of filling is right for your situation by taking the time to ask questions that will help us fully assess your medical history, current condition, and any plans. Reach out today at 910-421-3022!