Dental fillings help to restore teeth that decay due to microbial activity. In recent times, dentists usually use tooth-colored fillings made from ceramic or composite. But, earlier, fillings were made from metals such as gold, silver, or amalgam. However, most dental practices have turned towards tooth-colored fillings as metal fillings had several disadvantages.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
- Composite fillings can be highly customized to match the appearance of the natural enamel. This way, no one would know that you have a filling even when they take a closer look at your teeth.
- Composite fillings offer excellent durability. Their rate of wear is just as much as that of the enamel, which is negligible.
- Composite fillings are long-lasting.
- They offer excellent sealing properties. Meaning, they entirely cover the cavity and prevent the entry of microbes into it, thereby avoiding the chances of reinfection.
- Composite fillings are biocompatible. They go easy on the tissues of the teeth and gums without causing any infection.
How are fillings placed?
When you visit our dental practice to get a filling, the dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the cavity to understand its severity. If it is minor, the dentist will remove the decay, and disinfect the tooth. But, when the cavity has progressed quite a lot, it will have to be disinfected, and a filling has to be placed to restore it.
The dentist will remove the decayed tissues from the tooth using a scaling tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. A jet of water will be used to wash away the removed debris. Next, the filling material will be prepared by matching it with the color, texture, and translucency of the tooth. The dentist etches the cavity using an etching solution, which is done to roughen its surface. The filling material will be placed on it and shaped appropriately to restore the perfect contour of the tooth. It will be polished to bring it to the right luster.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (916) 481-2001 to have a consultation with Dr. Talluri, and we will be happy to help.