If you have a cavity, a chip in your tooth, or even a full-blown crack, chances are you will need a tooth filling in order to restore the tooth to its full function.
It’s one of the most common types of dental care procedures in Australia. If you think you may need a tooth filling, check out this article to learn everything you need to know about dental fillings!
What Is Tooth Filling?
Dental fillings are special types of materials used to repair a tooth after it has suffered some sort of damage, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Root canals
- Dental cracks
- Dental chips
- Tooth fractures, etc
In many of these cases, the integrity of the tooth has been compromised. For instance, in the case of dental decay, the dentist will have to drill a hole in the tooth and remove all the infected tissue. This hole will then be filled with a dental filling, which serves to restore your natural tooth to its full strength, as well as prevent bacteria and unwanted food particles from getting inside the tooth’s pulp.
What are the different dental filling material options?
Some of the materials known to be used for filling teeth all around the world are; gold, composite resin, amalgam, cement, and ceramics.
Tooth filling process
When you visit your dentist to get a filling, the first thing they’ll do is inspect the tooth to establish your treatment. In some cases you may even need a dental X-ray to determine the full extent of the damage, and if a filling is enough to restore the tooth structure.
For severely damaged teeth, you may require alternatives such as dental crowns or even implants.
If you do need a filling, the process itself is very straightforward:
- The dentist will start by numbing the tooth to make you feel comfortable during the procedure
- If you have a cavity, the dentist will drill out the decayed tissue
- Apply the dental filling and shape it to match your tooth size and shape
Think You May Need a Dental Filling?
If you’re experiencing sharp pain, or notice a tooth is cracked or chipping, you may need a filling to ensure your tooth’s integrity.
The Plaza Dental Care team is at your service, with professional dental restoration services to restore your oral health.
Contact us today for a consultation.