Dental Fillings: Pain Free for Every patient
Did you know that nearly 80 percent of the population has had a cavity before the age of 17? It’s true, so don’t feel alone if you just were told by the dentist that you have one. There is a solution: dental fillings.
These essentially “fill in” small holes in the tooth in which the cavity exists. This will guard against further decay from doing more damage to the surrounding areas.
If you don’t treat it, that bacteria can affect the nerve tissue, or pulp of your tooth root. That’s when a root canal would be necessary.
What to Expect
The first step in the process is to have an x-ray at the dentist’s office. The dentist will then remove the area of decay with a small drill after numbing the area so you don’t feel pain. Once the decay is removed, the dentist will use a special tooth to roughen up the surface a bit so the cement is better able to bond.
After the procedure, you can expect the numbness to go away within a few hours. Stay away from hot or cold liquids and eating anything more than soft foods and ice cream. It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold within a week or two of getting the filling. However, if you feel actual pain when biting down, go back to the dentist because you may need some type of adjustment. Don’t neglect your regular brushing and flossing routine and keep up with your six-month dental visits.
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Types of Dental Fillings
There are two kinds of dental fillings: metal and tooth-colored. Here we will go over both for you.
- Amalgam: This is a typical silver filling comprised of mercury, tin, silver and copper. Not only is this type strong, it’s also less expensive than other types. However, you notice them more because they don’t blend in with the teeth
- Cast Gold: A costly type of filling, cast gold is strong and long-lasting, plus it’s very noticeable. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your intentions
- Composite: This is a popular option comprising plastic and glass, with the ability to blend in with the natural tooth color. They’re more expensive than amalgam fillings but last just as long
- Porcelain: Typically, more costly than composites due to the use of computer-generated technology, porcelain fillings are strong and more stain resistant over other types
- Glass Ionomer: Comprised of acrylic and glass powders, these are inexpensive and translucent fillings that contain small amounts of fluoride to guard against cavities. They’re not as long lasting as other materials, even though they blend in well with the natural tooth color. This is one of the more inexpensive options when it comes to fillings.
Here at Redwood Dental, we offer all types of dental fillings. When you meet with your dentist, you will discuss each option and settle on the one that’s best for you. Call us to schedule your appointment now at (800) 462-2222.