The advent of new materials for fillings has been beneficial, especially in terms of aesthetics, but even with fillings, it does not eliminate the necessity to properly brush and floss your teeth everyday. Fillings are best in situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing. The majority of Americans have dental fillings – most of whom have at least one filling.
Did you know…
that amalgam (silver fillings) has been the filling material of choice for millions of dental patients over the past 150 years? But with current development and technology, composites with its natural tooth-colored materials and durability are the more popular and better filling material. Composite can be place in a single visit and is made to be self-sealing – resisting the development of further decay.
Nearly anyone with tooth cavities over the age of 6 is a candidate for fillings. However, the decision to get fillings can only be made between you and your dentist.
Your dentist will numb the nerves surrounding your tooth at the start of your visit. Then, your tooth will be drilled to remove decay and prepare the surface for your filling. Resin composite is made from ceramic and plastic compounds. Blended together, these ingredients make a putty that hardens and typically requires no follow-up visit. Resins mimic the appearance of natural teeth, so these fillings have been used in front teeth for years. With the improvement of technology, resin composites are durable enough for posterior teeth, and able to withstand high-pressure grinding and chewing.
Composite fillings are made to withstand biting pressure and last for many years. Instances of breakage are rare, and repair frequency is low. When properly cared for, most fillings last a minimum of 10 to 15 years. Your dentist will check the condition of your fillings during your periodic dental exams and cleanings.