Tooth fillings are used when the cavities are removed to fill the hole in the tooth. An artificial substances is used to fill in the holes or gaps in the enamel of decayed, broken, or damaged teeth. Fillings are needed to restore the shape and stability of the tooth for ease of chewing and preventing further damage, decay, and loss of the tooth.
Before a filling is performed, the patients gums are numbed around the affected tooth using an injection of local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, the affected tooth is inspected. Filling is determined based on the amount of tooth decay or damage. If tooth decay is present, the affected areas of the teeth are removed and the tooth is cleaned, washed and dried. Filling material is then inserted where the affected area was and the original shape of the tooth is restored
There is a wide range of fillings that are available. Some of these include:
Tooth or white colored fillings or composite resin – These are a mixture of powdered glass and plastic resin and also referred to as white, plastic, or tooth-colored fillings. Such fillings usually fill the top of the teeth and look much like the original tooth material they are replacing. They also release small amounts of fluoride that may help reduce the risk of further tooth decay.
Gold alloys – these contain a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals are used for crowns and partial dentures. These are very durable but can be expensive and may also lead to increased sensitivity of the tooth.
Let Dr. Soto The Downey Dentist help make your teeth healthy again by filling any needed teeth and help you chew or bite easily again.
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