Living with a damaged tooth is not fun. From difficulties in speaking, eating, or drinking to nerve sensitivity, it can easily disrupt your everyday life. Dental fillings can help restore teeth harmed by decay back to their ordinary capacity, and prevent further rot in the future. At Raptou Family Dental, we will assist you in considering your available options while picking which filling material is best for you. Factors for making the best choice include the degree of damage being fixed, where in your mouth the filling is required, and of course expenses. If you have experienced damage or decay to a tooth and have any questions or concerns about getting a filling, you can set up an appointment to see us by calling (614) 427-0449.
What Are Dental Fillings?
A filling is a protective cover designed to re-establish a damaged tooth back to its typical function and shape. Think of it in a sense like armor for your vulnerable tooth. In addition to stopping spaces where microscopic organisms can enter, a filling also anticipates further decay. Materials utilized in constructing fillings can include gold, porcelain, a composite gum (tooth-shaded fillings), or a combination of mercury, silver, copper, tin and in some cases zinc.
How Is a Dental Filling Applied?
At the point when Dr. Raptou gives you a filling, the rotted tooth material must first be expelled before the influenced region is cleaned. Afterward, the filling is installed over top of what remains of your natural tooth.
Pros vs. Cons of Different Fillings
No two fillings (even of the same type) are exactly alike, to begin with, but each version has its benefits & drawbacks, depending on which is most appropriate for your particular case:
If tooth decay or a crack has damaged a substantial portion of your tooth, a filling may not be enough to restore & protect it. In these cases, a crown or top may be prescribed. Rot that has advanced to the point of affecting the nerve can be treated in one of two ways: A root trench treatment in which the damaged nerve is extracted, or a technique called pulp capping that tries to keep the nerve alive.
When Should I Get a Filling?
During a checkup, Dr. Raptou will confirm whether you have a cavity that must be filled, using a small mirror to evaluate each tooth’s surface. Any abnormalities in your teeth will be closely examined with specialized tools. Dr. Raptou may also X-ray your whole mouth or at least a section of it if necessary. The appropriate treatment will be chosen from there, depending on the extent of damage or rot.
If you are experiencing recurring tooth pain and suspect it may be time for a filling, remember to call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.