At one point or another, you have likely heard of fillings, as they are one of the most common dental procedures in the field. In fact, you have probably seen them in someone’s mouth as well, especially the amalgam options, which are silver in color. It is important for you to know everything there is to about fillings and how they can benefit you. Fillings are often relied upon by dental providers, such as Dr. Bien, to aid in the protection of your tooth, especially when the root is exposed or the tooth has a cavity or is broken.
There are different types of fillings and the type that you receive will depend on what Dr. Bien recommends and the type of problem that needs to be resolved. For example, one filling for a cavity may be different than one that is needed to correct a break in the tooth. Each type of filling offers its own pros and cons and at Greenhills Dental Care, we will go over the options with you to ensure you understand them and make the right decision for your mouth. The two main types of fillings include resin or composite and amalgam.
Amalgam fillings or silver fillings have been the most relied upon in the dental industry and they are the most common ones that are seen. There is little known about these fillings other than they were heavily relied on in the past. As technology has continued to improve, so have the options for fillings. Amalgam options are still available, but they are not as relied upon as they once were. In fact, if you choose to have them replaced, Dr. Bien is proud to do it for you.
Some of the reasons why patients do not like amalgam fillings is because:
- Unnatural appearance
- Corrosion can happen
- They weaken the tooth’s structure
- Mercury levels present in them
- Temperature sensitivities
- Can stain your teeth
At Greenhills Dental Care, we use what is known as a tooth-colored filling, which is made up of a composite or resin material. This filling contains no metal. Some of the advantages of this option include:
- Resistant to breaks and cracks
- Does not corrode
- Matches your natural tooth color
- Preserves the tooth
- Do not stain the tooth
Reasons Why You Need Fillings
There are many reasons why you need to have your teeth filled. Here are some of the reasons.
- Fracture or Break on the Tooth
When a fracture or break occurs on the tooth, you can have a filling placed to help fill in the void and provide the missing piece. If you do have to have a filling placed, Dr. Bien will need to prep your tooth first and then prepare it, so that there is an even surface.
A tooth-colored filling will be placed into the tooth and depending on where the fracture or break is, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Bien will let you know what the recommended procedure is. Sometimes, patients will also need to have a crown placed over the tooth that was filled to provide additional protection to it.
- Tooth Decay
If you do have a cavity present on your tooth, it may need to be filled. A filling will help eliminate the spread of the decay and provide protection to your tooth. Bacteria, sugars, and carbohydrates mix together in your mouth and will eventually lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. During the earliest stages of tooth decay, you may notice that there is a white spot on your tooth. If the spot is white, this means that the decay can be reversed through mineralization of the tooth. You will need to receive a checkup and make sure you brush with a fluoride toothpaste daily.
Once a cavity has formed, it is permanent and will not disappear. In fact, you cannot reverse it and you will need to have the cavity filled to prevent the spread of decay. If you experience a lot of pain and sensitivity, you may need to have a root canal performed.
If you need to have a filling placed in your mouth, it will take somewhere between 10 to 60 minutes depending on the exact situation and how complex the cavity is. Some fillings can be done without the use of a local anesthetic too. If you are worried about pain during the procedure, talk to Dr. Bien about your options.
- Cosmetic Restorations
If your teeth do not look the way you want them too, you may be able to receive a tooth-colored filling to provide you with an alternative look. Fillings are a great way for you to improve the look of your smile without emptying the bank to do it. If you have old amalgam fillings, we will replace those for you too. You will be able to have a natural, smooth, white finish on your teeth instead of the traditional silver tooth. Call us today to discuss your options.
- Exposed Tooth Root
Did you know that there is a correct and incorrect way to brush your teeth and gums? Most patients do not know this and if you do it incorrectly, then you will expose your tooth’s roots and this can lead to a look that you do not like. It is important that you brush your teeth the right way and if you do not know how, talk to Dr. Bien, so she can show you.
If your tooth’s root is visible, you may experience sensitivity or you may notice that is begin to get worse day after day. Dr. Bien is about to prevent this and help cover up the tooth’s root.
Call Us Now
If you would like to talk about your dental options in Fremont, now is the time to call Greenhills Dental Care. We offer FREE dental consultations and will work with you to make sure that you are happy with the way your teeth look. Call us now to schedule your appointment.