Dental Fillings Wareham MA
More than three-quarters of the population has had a cavity by the time they have reached age 17. If you have never had a cavity, consider yourself lucky. But if you have, you’re not alone and it’s not the end of the world. Cavities can be treated easily with a dental filling.
Fillings, as the name implies, seal the hole in your tooth caused by decay. This decay is an infection called a cavity. A filling prevents the decay from spreading further into your tooth, which, if left untreated, could require root canal treatment and even lead to tooth loss.
Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, but no matter which type of filling material you use, the process is the same. The dentist will first take X-rays to determine the extent of the decay. The dentist will then remove the decayed area with a tool such as a dental drill. The tooth will be numbed to reduce discomfort. After removing the decay, the dentist will roughen the remaining tooth structure with an acidic solution. The filling is then placed and bonded to the tooth with a special type of cement.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are two types of dental fillings that your dentist can use: metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings. Each type has its pros and cons. Metal fillings include amalgam and cast gold materials. Amalgam fillings have been used for more than a century. This silver-colored filling is actually made up of several metals, including silver, copper, tin, and mercury. The mercury makes the filling safe and stable. While durable and inexpensive, amalgam fillings are quite noticeable, which can be a turnoff for many people.
Cast gold is another type of metal filling. While the most expensive type of filling, it is also highly noticeable. It is, however, quite durable.
Tooth colored-fillings are quite popular since they cannot be detected by others. Composite fillings are a good option. They combine plastic and glass for a durable filling. However, they are more expensive than amalgam fillings.
Porcelain fillings are made of high-tech dental ceramics. They are strong and resistant to stains. They may require specialized technology or dental labs and can, therefore, be expensive. These fillings look the best but can be brittle.
Glass ionomer fillings blend in well with the natural teeth. They are made of glass and acrylic and are inexpensive. They can help prevent decay, as they release small amounts of fluoride. However, they do not generally last very long.
What to Expect After Getting a Filling
After a filling, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold for the first few weeks. Continue to brush and floss every day as normal. Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Practice good oral hygiene and you may never have to deal with another cavity ever again.
Contact Us Today
If you have a cavity, a filling can restore the tooth and prevent further decay. Don’t delay a filling, as this can lead to infection and even tooth loss. The dentists at Wareham Family Dental can determine what type of filling is right for you. Schedule an appointment today by calling (508) 295-7476.