Dental fillings are used to restore damaged teeth to their previous condition. This allows you to chew and eat without pain. In order to use dental fillings on your tooth, your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill up the hole with one of the various filling materials used by dentists.
What type of dental fillings are there?
The four main types of dental fillings used by dentists are gold fillings, silver amalgam, composite resin and porcelain fillings.
- Gold fillings are often the most expensive type of dental fillings, but they are also the most durable. They are made to order in a dental laboratory and cemented into place. Because of the color, gold fillings are used on premolars and molars where they are less visible. The durability also makes gold fillings great for the teeth that are mainly used to chew food
- Silver amalgams are also very durable and less expensive than gold fillings. They can last up to 10 years and, like the gold fillings, they are typically used on less visible teeth for aesthetic reasons
- Composite resin fillings are popular because they can be color matched to your teeth, making them almost impossible to spot. Since they are chemically bonded to the tooth, they provide a lot of support. But, unlike gold and silver amalgam fillings, they are not very durable and only last about five years
- Porcelain fillings are the most popular because they are very durable and they can also be color matched to your teeth. The porcelain fillings are produced in a laboratory before they are sent to your dentist, who bonds them to your teeth. Due to their durability and the ability to match them to your teeth, porcelain fillings are as expensive as gold fillings
How do you know if you need a filling?
If you experience a lot of pain while chewing food, then you likely have cavities. This means that you need to get dental fillings. In the rare instance that you are not experiencing any pain, you can find out if you need dental fillings during a dental exam because your dentist will examine your teeth and let you know if you need dental fillings.
Will dental fillings affect your ability to eat?
Eating with dental fillings might take a little getting used to because the teeth will likely be sensitive for the first two days after the procedure. Once the pain or sensitivity stop, you should be able to eat as you did before getting the fillings. However, you should avoid eating sticky or chewy foods that can cause the filling to fall out.
Dental fillings can help prevent the total loss of your tooth and make it easier for you to eat once the decay in your tooth has been removed. If you do not know if you need fillings, then schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if you do.
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