When a tooth becomes damaged due to an injury or to cavities, you may require a dental filling. This is a procedure that will restore the function and integrity of the tooth that has been damaged, eliminating the need to remove the affected tooth. This procedure is most applicable when the damage to the tooth has not been too extensive. With a dental filling, your tooth is not only saved but may allow you the tooth function you have been used to.
Benefits of Dental Filling
By having a damaged tooth filled at the earliest possible time, a large portion of the healthy tooth is retained, allowing you to retain the strength of the tooth. This means the function of the tooth is restored, allowing you chew or bite the food as before. With the damage controlled by the dental filling, you can now be assured that the structure of the tooth and the surrounding teeth will not experience further damage.
The Tooth Filling Procedure
Before the actual dental filling, your dentists will make sure that there are no contraindications to having this procedure. Once it is determined that there are no impediments, actual filling procedures may then be started by numbing the area with the use of anesthesia, to make certain that you do not experience any discomfort. The tooth structure that has been damaged will then be removed, ascertaining that only the healthy portion is left. Once this is done, a dental filling is then placed on the affected tooth.
Types of Dental Filling
For the type of filling to be used, you can have a choice of direct and indirect fillings. Your dentist will discuss with you these options before deciding on the type that is most suitable and applicable for you. You will also be given a choice on the types of materials to be used, with the options ranging from amalgam or silver filling, resin, glass ionomer, ceramic, gold alloy, or base metal alloy.