Are you experiencing pain or irritation in one of your teeth? It could be the result of decayed or damaged teeth. Fortunately, a simple dental filling can help restore your oral health if detected early. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we help our patients get relief from their pain and discomfort with our modest dental filling process. The damaged tooth can be repaired in just one convenient dental appointment.
Types of Dental Filling Materials
There are three commonly used dental filling materials:
They are the oldest dental fillings used by dentists before composite fillings. The amalgam fillings are created with a combination of materials, including mercury, silver, copper, and tin. As the metals are not biocompatible, they may cause allergic reactions and hence they are not being used widely.
They are referred to as tooth-colored or white fillings and are widely preferred over other fillings. Composite fillings are composed of a glass and plastic mixture and provide high durability and resistance against future damage. The color of the resin can be matched with that of your natural teeth. Composite fillings can last between five to ten years with proper care and maintenance.
Gold fillings are very durable but not used often, due to their high costs.
What Is the Procedure For Dental Fillings?
We will take an X-ray to assess the damage to your affected tooth structure. Once the problem is identified, we will begin the preparation process. To minimize the pain or discomfort during the procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to the area. This will allow the gums and tooth roots to become numb during the process.
We will prepare the tooth for restoration when the anesthetic has taken effect. Dental tools are used to extract the decayed material of the tooth. The site will be cleaned with an acid gel that helps to remove any debris and bacteria.
The composite filling material is planned to match the existing color of your tooth for aesthetic purposes. Dental adhesives will help develop a solid bond between the tooth and filling. The prepared composite material is then placed onto the adhesives and shaped to match your natural tooth. A curing light is utilized to harden the filling. The procedure will be concluded with a bite test, and if everything is satisfactory, the tooth will be polished.
To learn more about our dental fillings, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach Dentist Fort Lee NJ at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.