The Different Types Of Tooth Fillings
To treat a cavity your dentist will removed the cavity on the portion of the tooth and then will fill the area of the tooth where the decay material once lived. The procedure is called getting dental fillings. The materials used are also called fillings and are used to repair cracked, worn out or broken teeth. The same procedure is used as well to fill in holes in the teeth as a result of decay or tooth wear.
Sometimes temporary filling are used at emergency appointments for example, where there may be not enough time to do the full fillings. Temporary fillings can last for a long time but they are not that strong so you will need to arrange to have a durable filling placed within a few weeks. Most people have a local anaesthetic injection to completely numb the area while having filling. The numbness can take several hours before you can feel the pain. The decay and weakened tooth a part is removed using the small drills and the cavity are clean. If the cavity has spread to the side of the wall tooth a band will be place around your teeth. This will ensures that the filling will be hardened into the correct shapes.
There are different types of dental fillings. We have the amalgam filling which is made up of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. Amalgam is very durable and is able to withstand the grinding and chewing of your back teeth over a long period of time. The other type is the tooth-colored filling which can be used to match the color of your teeth making them a natural-looking alternative to amalgam. They are often used on teeth that show you smile and talk. They are not durable as amalgam and also not that suitable for the grinding and chewing surfaces of the back teeth just like what amalgam can do. Another type of filing is the crowns. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by a lot of decay or a large filling you can have a crown. It is fitted in your teeth to strengthen and improves it appearance. Crown is shaped like your natural teeth and is fit over the prepared tooth. For the tooth that is in front of the mouth the crown that is usually use is made up of ceramic materials. The crown that is for the back teeth it is usually made up of porcelain or gold or porcelain bonded onto gold. The gold crown may appear in either gold or silver.
We also have the inlays and onlays which is placed within the biting surface of the tooth. While an onlay, covers a larger area of the tooth with special adhesive. There is also a veneers this is use when a thin layer of tooth-coloured material, usually porcelain, is fitted over a discolored tooth.
At some points of our life most of us winds up with a cavity. In the most cases, a cavity calls for your dentist to remove the decay and fill in the tooth area as it is removed. There has been a number of advantages in the field over the past few years. If you are one of the lucky person that has no cavity in a while, you should read up on what is available today so that you choices that is available to you.