Dental Fillings

Fillings: Composite Fillings

Any tooth that is affected by cracks, fractures and decay is repaired with composite filling. The affected portion or decayed portion of the tooth is removed and with composite filling, it is filled up.
We have many kinds of filling materials and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. The best option an individual have is usually discussed with the dentist. In recent times, silver amalgam filling and composite fillings have become most popular. A composite filling is preferred to be used in front of the teeth or in the visible areas of the teeth and this is because composite fillings are done to match the colour of your teeth.
A composite filling is not a permanent procedure and, therefore, it may be replaced someday. However, composite filling gives the individual a durable and beautiful smile that lasts for a very long time.

Reasons for composite fillings:
  • Broken or cracked teeth.
  • Closing the space between teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
How Composite Fillings are Placed

Dentists place composite filling in one session. Using anesthesia the tooth is numbed, and the decayed part is removed by the dentist. A thorough cleaning is done in the space left after decay removal. The space is therefore prepared carefully to accommodate the new filling. When a nerve is observed to be close to the tooth, an added protection is employed by the use of a special medication. The tooth is then restored to its original function and shape by precisely placing, shaping and polishing the composite filling.
Individuals who undergo composite filling may experience cold or hot sensitivity or feelings. This is usually normal at the initial stage of the procedure. Your teeth needs little time to acclimate to the new filling thereby causing the sensitivity to subside.
Instructions on the care for the teeth after composite filling will be given to you by your dentist. These may include eating habits, good oral hygiene practices and maintaining appointed visits.

Amalgam Fillings

Any tooth that is affected by cracks, decay or fractures can be repaired with the use of amalgam filling. After the removal of the decayed or affected part of the tooth, a silver filling is used to fill the space. We have several filling materials with their respective advantages and disadvantages. The best option for the restoration of your teeth can be discussed with your dentist. The most widely used in recent times are composite (tooth colour) fillings and amalgam fillings. The colour of amalgam filling is not as aesthetic as composite filling and the reason is because it is used in the back teeth.
Amalgam filling is not permanent like most dental restorations and may need to be replaced someday. Amalgam filling lasts for a long time before replacement, and they are durable thus giving the individual an attractive smile.

Reasons for using amalgam filling
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Decayed teeth.
What is involved in getting amalgam filling?

The amalgam filling procedure is usually done in one appointment session. The dentist anesthetizes the tooth and removes the decayed part. The new filling is then placed after a thorough and careful cleaning of the space. Most times there is an application of a special medication during the procedure if the decay is near the nerve of the tooth as an added protection. The dentist will properly place, polish and shape the silver filling to restore the tooth to its initial function and shape.
Individuals who undergo amalgam filling may experience cold or hot sensitivity or feeling. This is usually normal at the initial stage of the procedure. Your teeth needs some time to acclimate to the new filling and thereby causing the sensitivity to subside.
Guidance on how to care for your teeth after amalgam filling will be given to you by your dentist. These may include eating habits, good oral hygiene practices and maintaining regular dental appointments.