What are Dental Fillings and the difference between Amalgam Vs Composite Filling
Our natural teeth are exposed to millions of bacteria that live in our oral cavity. The food particles that remain on the tooth surface or in between the teeth can be consumed by bacteria which in turn give out harmful acids that destroy our teeth. This process is called tooth decay. Dental professionals treat the decayed tooth and fill the cavity with suitable restorative materials. Dental fillings are one of the first lines of protection against bacterial invasion. The fillings can be made of different types of materials. At our dental office in El Paso, Texas treating a decayed tooth and restoring it with fillings is one of the common procedures we perform. Through our restoration procedures, we aim to protect your teeth and prevent decay from reoccurring.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a tooth restoration material that is used to fill cavity. Tooth decay leads to damaging the tooth and formation of cavities. Dentists remove the decayed part of tooth and clean the area with suitable materials. The filling is a material that fills the cavity and protects the tooth from further damage. The choice of material used for this purpose plays an important role in the life of the tooth.
Dental filling – Restoration procedure
The first step is to remove the decayed part of the tooth. This is done with the help of different types of dental drills. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth. Once the decayed part is removed, the cavity is prepared to hold the filling. Different materials require different types of preparation. Composite resin fillings require lesser portion of the natural tooth to be removed. A bonding agent is used in the cavity to hold the filling. The filling is prepared separately and placed in the cavity. The filling may be hardened quickly using a special light. After completion of the procedure, our team will guide you on how to take care of the tooth and the filling. With proper care, dental fillings can last for more than 5 years.
Amalgam is the most commonly used material for dental fillings. Amalgam has the quality to withstand wear and is comparatively less expensive than gold.
Composite resin fillings or tooth colored fillings
Composite resin fillings are the most widely recommended type of fillings because they require less area of the tooth to be removed for placement. The resin can be matched to the natural color of your teeth. Hence these tooth colored fillings blend well with natural tooth surfaces.