Gold, Silver, Composite or Ceramic: Which filling is good for your teeth?
What is the procedure involved in the filling of a tooth?
Initially, your dentist cleans out the part of the tooth that’s affected by drilling it and leaving a hole or space there. But before filling the cavity created, the dentist numbs that area to avoid and decrease the discomfort caused by the procedure. Then they will fill that space to even out the tooth’s surface so that your teeth are protected from any further decay.
As the procedure is done, your mouth would very likely remain numb for a few more hours. Avoid eating anything until the numbness goes away, as you might bite your inner cheek.
What are the types of dental fillings available?
At present, numerous dental filling materials are available; these include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, plastic, tooth-colored, composite resin fillings, and a special type of glass called Glass Ionomer. This material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings. The best fillings for you will depend on cost and what your aesthetic preferences are. Your dentist will decide what’s best for you; however, it is always a good practice to ask your dentist about the various types of fillings
- Amalgam Fillings: Amalgam fillings are considered the least expensive of all dental filling materials. It is the most used material for filling cavities. Amalgam fillings are strong and thus are considered ideal for fillings in the molars, as that is where chewing takes place. As they are made of a blend of many metallic elements, the fillings are pretty noticeable.
- Composite Fillings: Composite fillings are also referred to as filled Resins. These fillings are made of a combination of Quartz, and this can be made to match your tooth’s color. Composite fillings are long-lasting and are considered to be ideal for smaller cavity fillings, given that these areas of your mouth only perform moderate chewing.
- Ceramic: A ceramic filling that is generally made-up of porcelain is tooth-colored. Therefore, it may be less likely to show tooth stains over time than a composite cavity filling.
- Glass Ionomer: The amalgam of acrylic and glass is used to create a cavity filling that releases fluoride to help protect teeth. Although the downside is that a glass ionomer filling is less durable than others, it needs to be replaced in as little as five years.
Post the dental procedure that involves filling; one may likely experience some sensitivity and pain, although this discomfort should dwindle. Always practice your oral care routine. Visiting your dentists if any discomfort persists is highly recommended.
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