A dental filling is a restorative procedure used to restore a decayed, broken, or worn tooth. The decayed and damaged portion of the tooth will be removed and filled with an amalgam or composite resin material. This material restores the strength, function, and appearance of the tooth.
During this procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then clean the tooth and apply the dental filling.
What Is a Dental Filling?
Teeth need fillings for many reasons. A filling replaces lost tooth structure after a cavity or fracture. Fillings can be made from gold, porcelain, composite resin (plastic), or glass ionomer. The location and extent of the decay will determine what material will be best for your restoration.
Why Might I Need One?
Our dentist may recommend a dental filling if you have a cavity. A cavity is a small hole that forms on the surface of your tooth. Cavities are formed when acids in plaque eat away at your enamel.
Once the cavity has formed, the only way to prevent more decay is to fill in the hole. If the decay is not filled, more bacteria can build up. This can lead to more decay, dental abscess, and tooth loss.
Cavities are most common in young children who may not have the best brushing and flossing habits. This is why parents are encouraged to help their children develop better oral hygiene practices.
What Types of Dental Fillings Are There?
There are numerous types of fillings, such as:
- Silver amalgam fillings
- Gold fillings
- Tooth-colored composite fillings
- Direct fillings
How Do I Care for My Dental Fillings?
When caring for your dental fillings, be very gentle in the area around the restoration. Brush your teeth thoroughly, but use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles can wear down your dental fillings over time. Floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.