Dental fillings are a common dental procedure that repairs small cavities and areas of tooth decay. In this procedure, the dentist uses a composite resin material to repair a tooth that is affected by decay.
Benefits of Dental Fillings
- Treats tooth decay and cavities
- Helps restore the strength and structure of a tooth
- Prevents cavities from becoming deep into the root canal
- Relieves pain from tooth decay or dental infection
- Durable and long-lasting
- Natural-looking results if tooth-colored fillings are used
The dental filling procedure is quick and painless. Once the dentist determines you have a cavity, they will numb the area around the tooth. Then, the dentists will drill out the decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean the area. Then, they will shape the remaining tooth structure, place the filling material, and use a dental light to harden the material. The final step is to polish the filling, so it looks natural. After the dental filling procedure, our dentists will check your bite and examine your newly repaired tooth.
Uses And Types of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings, or restorations, are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, or other types of damage. Fillings are also used to repair teeth that have been worn down, which often occurs as a result of teeth grinding or bruxism.
Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite resin
Composite resin restorations are matched to the natural color of your teeth, which makes them virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of natural teeth. They are not as durable as metal fillings, but they are more natural looking. Porcelain restorations provide more strength and are commonly used to repair broken teeth. Gold fillings are strong and long-lasting and are often used on back molars as they can withstand the constant pressure of chewing.
How Long Will Dental fillings Last?
Dental fillings are made to last for an average of 10 to 15 years. Some dental fillings can last for much longer, and some need to be replaced much sooner. The durability of dental fillings depends on several factors, including the type of dental filling used, the size of the filling, and the patient’s oral hygiene.
To find out more about the services offered at One and Truly Dental, call (516)-759-0086 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Glen Cove NY at 70 Glen St, #240 Glen Cove, NY, 11542.