Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Filling

Do you know that a significant percentage of the adults in the US have at least one filling? This makes it one of the common dental treatments available. Has your dentist suggested you for a filling? Let’s explore more about fillings.

Materials

Fillings are generally made of any one of the five materials which your dentist in Houston should advise you on:

  • 1. Amalgam

The amalgam filling is silver in color and consists of a mixture of metals such as silver, copper, tin, and mercury. The amalgam fillings are strong, durable, and inexpensive which makes them commonly chosen option by most people. But there’s a segment of people who don’t like the appearance of silver fillings, and prefer to choose something which looks more natural even though it may be a bit more expensive.

  • 2. Composite

The composite fillings are made of the tooth-colored mixture of glass and resin which can match the color of the teeth.

  • 3. Ceramic

The ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and offer a natural look. They are more durable than composite filling but are expensive as well.

  • 4. Gold

Gold is very hard wearing, but comes at a very high price. It doesn’t look natural and you may or may not like the look of gold in your teeth.

  • 5. Glass ionomer

The glass ionomer is a mixture of glass and acrylic which releases fluoride over the time. They can be used for low-stress areas like front teeth or roots and are often used for children as a short-term solution for baby teeth.

The procedure

The procedure is quick and painless. The dentist will apply some local anesthetic and remove the decayed tissue from the cavity. After cleaning, the dentist will put a filling in the tooth followed by quick clean and polish.

After the treatment

Your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours so be careful while chewing food. You may also feel some sensitivity which will subside in a few days. In case of severe discomfort, see your dentist immediately.

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