Tooth enamel is damaged due to poor oral health and hygiene. The enamel is the white strong part of the tooth, with plaque buildup, decay can affect even the hardest tooth with holes developing on the teeth over time. These holes are cavities and they make the teeth more sensitive to cold or heat causing pains in the teeth with cavities. If these cavities are not treated by the dentist, the affected teeth will be more vulnerable to further decay.
The dentine, which is the inner material of the teeth may be exposed as a result of tooth decay; this would cause you more pains and dental problems. Hence, if your tooth has developed a cavity, you should immediately visit your dentist so he can put tooth fillings on the cavities. This remedy is applicable if the decay has not affected the nerve of the tooth yet, in which case a root canal procedure will be performed.
Tooth fillings is best performed to adults and kids that suffers from cavity. The dentist will identify the cavity on the teeth and evaluate the level of decay present. The teeth will be cleaned of any decaying material, debris or bacteria using a dental hand or laser. The tooth or teeth that need fillings will be isolated for the placement of various bonding chemical adhesives into the hole or the cavity.
There are different materials for tooth filling – plastic, amalgam or silver, porcelain or gold fillings. From these materials, gold is said to be the most expensive but can last as much as 20 years. For those who desire that the filling is not noticeable, porcelain fillings are used to fill the cavity. Amalgam or silver fillings are usually used for inner tooth with cavity so that they are not noticeable. The cheapest material is plastic but it is not used for cavities which require large tooth filling.
It is important that cavities that are just starting to develop are treated with dental fillings before they grow bigger. Simply because one needs to restore the strength and integrity of the affected tooth before it damages the whole tooth and the neighboring teeth. If the decay problem is addressed and treated early, the tooth filling will eliminate the chance of tooth decay spreading and worsening. The chance of destroying more tooth structure is reduced and nerves and tissues within the tooth will not be badly affected. Pains caused by sensitivity will also be addressed and fixed.
Another benefit of dental fillings is the fact that the filling material used can blend seamlessly with the rest of the teeth which were not affected. If done nicely, the porcelain filling can be virtually invisible. The person’s appearance is not affected as they can still project their winning smiles without anybody noticing that your tooth has porcelain fillings.
Nowadays, more patients go to their dentist to have their cavities treated with white fillings as they desire for their teeth to still appear as natural as possible. These white fillings also called composite fillings are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a tooth. Like the porcelain fillings, composite or white fillings will blend with the color and appearance of the rest of the teeth which have no cavities or decay. Composite or white filling materials have the ability to fuse to the teeth adhesively making it securely placed into the cavity.