If you go to the dentist and they tell you the unfortunate news that you have a cavity, first of all, don’t feel bad, cavities are a very common dental issue and although proper brushing and dental hygiene can greatly reduce your chance of getting a cavity, sometimes they are just unavoidable. Now, you may be wondering what exactly they will have to do to fix it. What will the cavity filling procedure be like?
When cavities are fixed they are actually just filled in, a filling restores decayed tooth by filling it in and returning it to its normal function. The actual filling procedure is fairly straightforward, quick, and pain-free. Any decayed material is removed, and the affected area is cleaned. When the cavity is cleaned out, it is then filled with filling material. Filling cavities closes off spaces and holes in teeth that were caused by decay and can prevent harmful bacteria from getting in and causing future decay. There are many different materials that can be used as fillings for cavities.
Silver Amalgam fillings are the standard fillings that have been widely used but now that other filling materials are being proven, silver amalgam fillings are losing popularity. Although they are inexpensive, silver fillings are very noticeable due to their darker color and people tend to not like the look of them.
Gold fillings are thought to be the best type of filling for a few reasons. First of all, they are tough and durable, gold fillings can last up to 20 years! They are strong enough to withstand chewing and other straining forces. Gold fillings are the most expensive of the filling options and also require multiple visits to the dentist.
Composite fillings are colored to match your teeth; therefore, the fillings are barely noticeable and are great for use in the front teeth. The material is put into the cavity where it hardens to fill and create a natural look. Composite fillings are a little weaker than silver or gold fillings and can be prone to crack or chip. Just like natural teeth, composite fillings can be stained by certain food or drink like coffee and tea. On average, composite fillings last anywhere from three to ten years.
Lindner Dental specializes in all three of these different cavity filling methods and we can help you decide which one will work best for you. If you have a cavity that needs to be filled or questions regarding the filling process, contact Lindner Dental today!