If you have decayed, chipped or broken teeth and the pulp is not involved then your dentist would probably suggest that you get a filling done to get rid of any decay or infection and restore proper form and function to your teeth. Here are a few FAQs in relation to fillings which you may want to know.
At Ashton Avenue Dental Practice, we strictly follow our protocols to remove amalgam fillings and ensure that you receive the safest and most current protocol for the treatment. We rigorously follow the protocol that has been laid out by the International Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Toxicology (IAOMT):
Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Only under special circumstances should a second appointment be necessary. While the tooth is numb, we remove all decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared for the new filling to be placed into your tooth. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be administered for added protection. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and functionality.
It is very normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, but this will subside not long after your tooth gets used to the new filling.
A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures or trauma. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with a material that blends with your tooth.
Fillings were traditionally made up of metals. The most commonly and widely used material is Amalgam. Teeth that are heavily filled with large silver or mercury fillings are at risk of fracturing because the tooth is split apart by these traditional filling materials, and expand as time elapses.
However, now with a technique known as “Bonding” and a material called “Composite” your dentist can provide you with a strong and tooth coloured filling. White Fillings don’t contain mercury and are an ideal choice for achieving long term strength in filled teeth. Tooth coloured fillings appear more natural and the bonding process is more conservative and can strengthen the teeth.
Other than amalgam and composite you may also choose ceramics to provide a tooth coloured restoration or gold or combination of various metals, wherever indicated. These materials can help to rebuild your teeth and hold the tooth structure together to prevent it from spreading apart and preserving the health of the remaining tooth. Your dentist will give you that option if indicated.
It is important to brush and floss on a regular basis to prevent secondary decay along the filling margin.
Fillings are considered a permanent restoration but may someday need to be replaced. There are many variables which can affect the life of the fillings which includes but is not limited to size, location, biting forces and so on that can affect the filling longevity.
Depending on what kind of filling is done and the depth of the cavity, your teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes which should typically subside in 6-8 weeks. If not, then you may have to visit your dentist again for further investigation.
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