Dental fillings are extremely common in the world of dentistry. After a tooth becomes damaged from decay or injury, it will need to be repaired to fully restore comfort while eating and speaking. Dental fillings are one of the best ways to do this.
If you have a damaged tooth, Kansas City, MO general dentist, Dr. James R. Anderson will use a dental filling to restore it back to health. First, the damaged portion of the tooth will be removed to make space for the filling. Once the damaged area has been removed, Dr. Anderson will fill the area to restore the shape of your natural tooth.
Dental Filling Types
Not all dental fillings are the same. There are actually a few different materials that can be used for a dental filling, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. While all are fitting to help restore chewing function, some may be preferred over others due to aesthetic reasons, or other reasons. The most popular fillings are tooth-colored fillings, gold fillings, or silver fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are becoming increasingly popular because they are much more discreet than gold or silver fillings. A tooth-colored filling is actually a white filling that is then dyed to match the natural color of the tooth. Since most people do not have stark white teeth, it is necessary to match the filling color to the tooth’s natural color so it doesn’t stand out, otherwise it would be contradictory to the purpose of having a tooth-colored filling.
Gold fillings are used because of their ability to last and their resistance to corrosion. Gold fillings are more expensive than silver fillings, but usually withstand better over time in shape, size and denisty.
Silver fillings are usually the cheapest option for a filling, but this choice doesn’t come without its own problems. While they can usually last up to 10 years, they are also known to change form or crack, meaning they would need to be replaced after a certain period of time, depending on overall dental hygiene, dental health and the habits of the person with the filling.
Getting a Dental Filling
Your first dental filling may make you nervous, but Dr. Anderson and his staff of compassionate and knowledgeable dental professionals will make the process as smooth and pain free as possible. Getting a filling is a two step procedure. The first step is to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Dr. Anderson will drill away the affected area until all that is left is healthy tooth. Then, he will place a temporary onlay to protect the area while your actual filling is being created.
At the second appointment for your filling, your temporary section will be removed and replaced with the permanent filling. Using a special kind of cement, your new filling will be locked into place. After polishing and cleaning, your tooth will feel just as it did before the damage set in. This eliminates the pain of the cavity as well as restores the function of the tooth for chewing.