Dental Fillings 101: All You Need to Know

Dental Fillings 101: All You Need to Know

Everybody loves candy. Or at least everybody loves candy in moderation. Eating candy and sugary foods too often can cause tooth decay, which is why dentists recommend brushing your teeth after eating or drinking. If you eat something high in sugar, you should wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth.

But what if you’ve already brushed your teeth and eaten that sugary treat? Not to worry, there are plenty of options that your dentist can recommend, amongst which dental filling is a major treatment option. 

What Is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a procedure used to restore tooth damage caused by cavities. The process involves removing the compromised tooth enamel and replacing it with a restorative material. Ideally, this type of dental restoration will prevent further decay, allow the patient to eat and smile normally and restore his or her self-confidence.

What Types of Fillings Are There?

The most popular filling type is dental amalgam, which is made up of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and made from a mixture of plastic and glass or quartz.

Dental amalgam is the strongest filling option. It’s ideal for cavities that haven’t reached the nerve of the tooth yet. Composite resin, on the other hand, is ideal for smaller cavities.

When Is It Time for a Filling?

You may need a filling if you have a cavity. Even though cavities are one of the most common dental issues, most people aren’t very familiar with them or their treatment options.

Cavities are small holes in the surface of the teeth. These holes are caused by decay, which is caused by the bacteria in plaque. The bacteria produce acid when they consume the sugars from the foods and drinks you consume. The acid weakens your tooth enamel. Over time, a hole can form in the enamel.

Cavities usually only occur in adults. Children are much less likely to get them. However, this doesn’t mean that cavities can’t affect children. If a child gets a cavity, it will need to be treated right away.

If left untreated, cavities can damage the tooth. They may even spread into the inner layers, called the dentin, and then into the pulp, which is the inner layer where the blood vessels and nerves are. When this happens, a root canal or a tooth extraction will be needed.


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