Represent one of the best ways to halt further damage and to reinforce the overall structure of the tooth. Depending upon the type of filling you acquire, these could last for a number of years before they need to be replaced. As your local cosmetic dentist, let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should opt for restorations rather than allowing your teeth to remain damaged.
Understanding Tooth Damage:
Each tooth has a hard outer layer, a soft inner layer and a pulp.When damage occurs to the outer layer of enamel, the tooth’s structural integrity may remain so long as the soft layer of dentin tissue does not become vulnerable. Once this occurs, the tooth requires treatment or it will eventually fall susceptible to tooth loss.
Even when the inner layer of tooth tissue does not become damaged, certain problems can occur. These include:
Progressive structural loss – Once a tooth has a small portion chipped, it tends to become weakened in that small area. Subsequent chewing tends to lead to further damage.
Soft tissue damage – Chips and other damage can, in addition to looking unattractive, harm the soft tissue of the gums and mouth. This can lead to sores, excessive bleeding, bad breath and an opportunity for oral infections.
Pain and sensitivity – As the enamel layers becomes thinner, pain and sensitivity tend to increase in the affected tooth.
The good news about tooth damage is that it can be corrected using fillings. Most types are so advanced that this damage can be corrected in as little as one hour-long appointment. Some treatments may not even require anesthetic.
How Does a Filling Work?
Fillings work by acting as permanent repairs to the tooth. They can replace the lost tooth material while acting as a filler to provide reinforcement to the tooth.The exact nature of a filling will depend upon its position, the type of filling and how large the filling is.
It is worth noting that these restorations cannot restore every type of damage that a tooth may sustain. Major damage and excessive decay may require other treatment options, which can include root canals, crowns and tooth implants.The sooner that a filling is applied to a tooth, the less damage the tooth will sustain. This improves your prospects of retaining the tooth while reducing the need for more costly restorations.
What Types are Available?
There are a variety of filling materials available for dental restorations. These can include:
Amalgam – Made from a combination of precious metals, these are inserted into teeth after a portion of the tooth has been removed. These typically require the most amount of healthy tooth to be removed, and may have complications that lead to the inevitable failure of the tooth.
Composite – This type of filling utilizes a type of material that hardens under UV light. Unlike other restorations, this bonds at an atomic level to the dentin and enamel of the tooth to create an efficient and effective restoration.
Precious Metals – Silver and gold may be used to restore teeth. The procedure for these metals are similar to amalgam, but it is worth noting that they tend to have a higher compatibility with the restored teeth. Gold, while one of the more costly materials for a filling, tends to expand and shrink similarly to the natural tissue of the tooth while being more biocompatible.
Glass Ionomer – This type of filling contains a special mixture of material the cures with time and glass particles. While more fragile than other types, this restoration can be used with restorations affecting the root of a tooth and other sensitive areas.
A Filling Can Enhance Your Smile!
The versatility of a filling ranges from enhancing the function of your teeth to improving your smile. Chipped teeth, dental decay and other issues ranging from minor to moderate in severity can be resolved by the skilled application of a filling.The type of filling required to improve and repair your teeth will depend upon your unique needs. Everything from teeth grinding to the amount of saliva present in your mouth will determine the safest and most effective solution for you.
To learn more about your options for a dental filling, or to see what kind of dental filling would be the best for restoring your mouth, contact our office. We can use our extensive experience to evaluate the condition of your teeth before recommending the best treatment designed to restore your smile’s form and function.