A cavity calls for your dentist to remove the decay and to fill in the tooth area that was removed in order to prevent further decay and strengthen the affected tooth. There have been lots of advances in modern dentistry that make this process much more comfortable and use materials that are safer and more esthetically pleasing.
Earlier the trend was to have amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. These fillings contain mercury which is poisonous to the body as well as the environment. Also the amalgam fillings are generally not as advantageous as composite fillings because they demand more of a tooth removal and are susceptible to corrosion.
Tooth colored filling:
These fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal
dental fillings. Tooth fillings coloured to look like a natural tooth
are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings and are made of a plastic
dental resin combined with glass particles. These types of fillings are,
durable and are way more natural looking than amalgam fillings.
If you have a cavity in a tooth or broken fillings or if your teeth are full of silver fillings you may want to ask your dentist about changing to composite dental fillings. Silver fillings can easily be removed and replaced with far more attractive tooth colored fillings. Research shows that composite fillings actually strengthen your tooth and further protect it from decay.
- Takes one visit.
- Depending upon the size location and extend of the cavity we may need to anaesthesie the area.
- The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser.
- The area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.
- The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process.
- The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light.
- The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
Fillings Post Operative Instructions
- Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.
- Watch that children don’t bite their cheeks or tongue until the anaesthesia wears off.
- It is normal the day of treatment to experience some general discomfort. Your jaw muscles may also be tired from opening. In most cases this will subside quickly and can be relieved with your normal over counter pain medication.
- It is normal to experience some sensitivity to cold. This is your tooth’s way of saying hey I’m bruised/inflamed. This sensitivity will range from not noticeable at all to rather bothersome. In most cases it is temporary and goes away as the tooth heals in a few days to a few weeks
- Avoid chewing on your new filling for 24 hours.
- Your bite should feel normal after the freezing comes out. If it feels high or like it hits first, or interferes when you chew on it a certain way, you will need to have the bite adjusted. Please call the office for an ppointment; it usually takes only a few minutes.
- The tooth should feel smooth and brush and floss like a natural tooth.