Healthy Smiles Dental
Matthew T. Kingston, DMD
Dental fillings are one of the most popular dental cosmetic procedures that people get to restore their teeth’s general appearance. If you are planning to get a dental filling, then there are some things that you need to know to be able to choose the right one for you.
Types of Dental Filling
There are two types of fillings that dentists use, and these include the amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings. The former is traditional fillings used by many dentists. It is made from liquid silver, mercury, zinc, or copper. However, recent studies indicate that some of the metal fillings particularly mercury pose a hazard to the health as it
may be released from the amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings are made from plastic resins thus making it a good alternative to metal fillings. Fillings that are made from plastic resin are also strong and durable as well as very safe for the health.
How Are They Placed on The Tooth?
Your dentist will usually recommend that you get a filling if there are minor damages to your tooth or if it is slightly discolored. If you decide to get fillings for your teeth, the dentist will first prepare your teeth by injecting a local anesthesia to the gums where the fillings are to be placed. The dentist will drill on your tooth as well as use micro air-abrasion to remove the decayed part. Once the affected area is removed and cleaned, a special tool is used to open the dentin where the fillings are placed. To set the fillings, a special light is used to harden each layer.
A dental filling has the ability to preserve as well as restore the natural look of your teeth. However, it is important to take note that it is not enough to protect your teeth from damage and decay. This is the reason why your dentist might also recommend for you to get a dental crown.