Dental Filling

Dental filling is a dental treatment used to repair decayed, broken or worn teeth. In this procedure, damaged tooth tissue is cleaned with a special drill and the gap is filled with tooth-colored or metallic filling material. The filling process restores the function and aesthetic appearance of the tooth.

Types of dental fillings:

  • Composite filling: It is a tooth-colored, plastic-based filling material. It gives the best results in terms of aesthetics.
  • Amalgam filling: It is a filling material consisting of an alloy of metals such as silver, tin and copper. It is more durable than composite filling.
  • Gold filling: It is a filling material made from gold alloy. It is a durable and aesthetically pleasing filling option.
  • Porcelain filling: It is a filling material produced in a porcelain laboratory and bonded to the tooth. It gives the best results in terms of aesthetics.

Stages of the dental filling process:

  • Local anesthesia: Dental filling procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia.
  • Cleaning of damaged tissue: Damaged tooth tissue is cleaned with a special drill.
  • Selection of filling material: The dentist and the patient choose the most suitable filling material for the tooth.
  • Placement of the filling material: The filling material is placed and shaped in the prepared cavity of the tooth.
  • Polishing: The process is completed by polishing the filling material.

Lifespan of dental filling:

The lifespan of a dental filling varies depending on the filling material used, the condition of the tooth, and the patient’s oral hygiene. Composite fillings can last an average of 5-10 years, amalgam fillings 10-15 years, and gold fillings 20-25 years.

Things to consider after dental filling:

  • Avoid hard foods until the anesthesia wears off.
  • Protect the filled area from hot and cold foods for 24 hours.
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly.
  • Get checked by the dentist regularly.

Dental fillings are a widely used method of treating tooth decay and other dental problems. When applied correctly and with due care, it can be used for many years.

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