When you have an appointment to go in to have a cavity filled, it is because part of a tooth or many teeth that have been damaged either by wearing away, trauma, or decay. If the tooth can be restored by using a filling; it will help in preserving the tooth and prevent damage to that tooth in the future.
Fillings are used to repair cavities; the areas of the decayed tooth that has been caused by bacteria. Your dentist will get rid of the rotten areas of the tooth and then fill the hole he just made with a filling. It will stop the decaying process from going any further, keep your tooth strong and make it resistant to any further damage like chips and cracks. Some of the signs you might notice for a cavity that needs filling is:
Bear in mind that the symptoms above are not always caused by a cavity.
In some cases, a cavity will not cause any symptoms until it is in the later stages. Dr. Arzegar will x-ray, laser, and check for pinhole cavities before they can cause you any pain. At this point, it is the best time to fill those cavities before they start causing you pain and save the integrity of your tooth.
There are other reasons that fillings are used besides cavities. For instance, if you happen to chip a tooth, Dr. Arzegar might repair the chip by using dental fillings. Some patients are teeth grinders that will eventually wear their tooth enamel down so much that they need dental fillings to prevent any further damage.
If you bite your nails or open packages with your teeth, it can cause wear of your tooth enamel and cause chips that Dr. Arzegar will need to repair with a filling.
They can make fillings from metal; either silver or gold is used most of the time. The metal fillings are very durable, but some patients do not like the appearance. Now there are tooth-colors to choose from, such as composite porcelain and resin, both of which are less obvious in the mouth.
The metal fillings are the most durable of all options. Gold fillings can last a lifetime; silver can last about ten years or longer. Some patients choose the metal fillings for their back molars because these teeth are not easily seen when someone smiles. In most cases, metal fillings are the most affordable. Today, metal fillings are comprised of mercury, tin, silver, and other metals.
The composite fillings of resin are created from a special epoxy material that includes silica and ceramic for the strength. The composite resin can be colored to blend in with your other teeth, and this makes it a popular choice for your front teeth and some of the other areas that show when you smile.
Dr. Arzegar will not need to take out as much of your tooth when he/she uses composite filling but must remove more when using metal filling. Most of the time your dentist is going to recommend composite for your larger fillings. There seems to be one drawback to the composite, and it is they don’t last as long as the metals. With composite, they must be replaced about every ten years.
Porcelain filling is also called inlays. They cost more than any of the other fillings, but they last longer than the composite. The porcelain is used more for abraded or worn teeth rather than for fillings.