Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Types of Fillings

Fillings have several purposes, but their primary purpose is to keep dental decay from advancing. Before the filling can be placed, your dentist will drill away damaged, decay sections of your teeth. Fillings also help to restore structure and strength to your teeth. If the decay was simply drilled away and not replaced, the tooth might be left hollow or damaged, which could cause painful oral fractures down the road. These days, dentists primarily use silver amalgam fillings or composite resin, or tooth colored fillings. Here is a brief description of each type:

Keep in mind that some dentists only use one type of filling or another. Because new composites are a superior product, some dentists have transitioned to only offering better-looking composite resins.

What To Expect The Day Of Your Fillings

Before Dr. Brewer makes any repairs, your teeth will be cleaned and X-Rays will be taken. These images need to be carefully examined to determine the extent of the damage. For example, some people have decay that runs deep into the root of their tooth. In those instances, the patient might need a root canal, an extraction, a crown, or a dental implant instead. However, if a filling is the right option, Dr. Brewer will start by numbing the entire area with a local anesthetic.

After you are good and numb, Dr. Brewer will use a gentle dental drill to remove the decayed area. After the area is rinsed and suctioned, Dr. Brewer will dye the composite material to match the surrounding teeth. After it is ready, it will be placed, shaped, and cured with an Ultra Violet light. Although your mouth might be numb for awhile because of the anesthetic, you should be able to resume your normal activities directly after your appointment. 

A dental cavity leaves a hole in your tooth, which needs to be repaired with a filling to halt further damage and restore proper function to the tooth.

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Why Fillings Are Necessary

If you have children, then you probably know what bright white, pearly teeth look like. Unfortunately, time can be hard on those teeth. Believe it or not, there are about 25 strains of the bacteria Streptococcus mutans thriving in your mouth at any given time—each strain targeting a different section of your teeth. These bacteria live off of the food particles left behind when you eat.

Unfortunately, as these bacteria multiply and thrive in your mouth, they produce acids that erode your oral enamel. Once a spot has worn away, it creates a small weak spot on your tooth, where more food particles can catch and where more bacteria can thrive. Over time, this divot can grow into a deep cavity. If left untreated, the erosion can reach the nerves inside of your tooth, causing pain and harmful dental infections.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Brewer please contact us and we gladly help you schedule a time to come in.