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Denal Filling

3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling material: composite, amalgam, and gold Patients who have decaying teeth can reap a variety of benefits from restorative dental procedures. The fundamental process is removing the decaying piece of the tooth and then filling the cavity left by the decayed section of the tooth with a filling material that is appropriate for the cavity. Dental fillings have been used for many years to restore teeth to their original shape and function. This is mainly brought about when the dentist recommends tooth removal caused by a fracture due to trauma or other reason or because of decay. Dental fillings can also be used to restore tooth appearance. Many technological developments have resulted in significant improvements in filling materials during the last few years. Although silver amalgam was formerly the favored option for tooth restoration, at Hidden Springs Family Dentistry we have a variety of alternative preferred options, including tooth-colored composite filling materials, cementable resins, and porcelain.

Types of Fillings

There are several filling materials available for restorative dentistry. The material chosen depends on the cavity's location, type, intended aesthetics, and durability. Cast gold is one form of filling that gives durability and strength. However, some patients find it unappealing.

Tooth-colored composites are a popular filling material. Composites also adhere well to the tooth structure. A light cures the composite filling. The extra filling can then be shaped. It will then be polished to match the surrounding tooth structure.

Indirect fillings are utilized when a large amount of the tooth structure has been lost. Alternatively, an imprint of the cavity might be obtained and restored in the lab. In the patient's next appointment, it will be fitted.

When Do you Need Fillings?

When people seek out restorative dentistry, they generally have one or more symptoms that suggest a need for composite fillings or other restorative procedures. While many patients come in with toothaches, others complain of acute discomfort when they bite down on anything.

Other symptoms that it may be time for a composite filling include increased sensitivity to hot and cold meals, as well as discomfort while eating and drinking. Bad breath, tooth discoloration, and visible holes and pits inside the teeth are all indicators that it is time to seek restorative dental treatment, as does tooth decay.

After Fillings

The numbness caused by the anesthetic should subside within a few hours of receiving treatment. Before then, we urge that you avoid eating on the side of your mouth where the filling is and that you avoid drinking anything too hot or too cold. You may experience some sensitivity to warmth and cold for the first few weeks after receiving a filling; however, if this persists for more than a few weeks, please contact us and inform us. You should also continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual; teeth with fillings require the same level of oral care as the rest of your teeth.

Schedule an appointment here at Hidden Springs Family Dentistry for restorative dentistry and dental fillings. You can also make inquiries by calling us at (971) 414-3994 and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists who will help you regain optimal oral wellness.
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