Fort Worth, TX
Dental decays and cavities often harm teeth, sometimes dissolving the infected section. As a treatment to dental cavities or decays, our dentist removes the decayed portion and replaces it with another material. This material is known as a dental filling. A dental filling is also provided to repair broken or worn-down teeth. Our professional dentists at HomeTown Dental at Alliance offer a variety of filling materials which are used to heal and repair the affected areas. The dental cavities are cleaned thoroughly, and filling materials are placed in the cavity.
Different Filling Materials
Different filling materials are available. Filling materials like gold, tin, zinc, plastic, composite resin, porcelain, etc. are commonly used by dentists. Our team will recommend the correct filling material for your individual circumstances. Moreover, factors like cost of filling material, location of decay, dentist's recommendation, etc. are considered while opting for correct filling material. It would be best to analyze every factor before choosing your filling material since each one has its own pros and cons.
How to get Fillings Done
While applying dental fillings, the first step is to clear the cavity area and remove the decaying matter. Our team administers local anesthetics, and with the assistance of a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument, the cavity is cleaned. Different removal instruments are utilized as per our dentist's recommendation and extent of the cavity. Bacteria and debris are removed from the area.
Different materials are also implemented to protect the nerve area, which may have been exposed after removing the decayed matter. The filling material is then fixed in the cavity and polished. Additional steps are carried out in case of different materials opted as fillings.
Aftercare for Teeth with Fillings
Oral hygiene is the key method of providing care to teeth with fillings. Regular visits to our office are recommended to ensure there are no new issues that develop after the procedure and ensure that the filling fits properly. Our dentists also recommend fluoride toothpaste, antibacterial mouthwashes, and flossing as part of your daily oral health regime. Often, the filling might deteriorate or may get cracked. This can then lead to another cavity. Therefore, our dentists must be informed of any changes to your situation. Moreover, our dentist must also be informed about the tooth areas sensitivity, cracks in the filling, or any sharp edge in the filling to address it immediately. An x-ray is used to assess the fillings as well.
Limitations of Dental fillings
Dental fillings are a great method of treating dental cavities. However, there are certain limitations, as well. Dental fillings often lead to tooth discomfort and sensitivity. The sensitivity around the tooth area is usually for a duration of a few weeks. However, in case it continues, our dentists must be contacted immediately. Desensitizing kinds of toothpaste are recommended after the procedure. In case the situation gets severe, a root canal procedure may be suggested since there still might be further decay than initially discovered or the area became reinfected.
After a dental filling, some patients complain of filling allergies. Mercury and other metal fillings often instigate the presence of filling allergies. This may be due to previous metal allergy history. Wearing down of fillings is another limitation of the process. This may occur due to constant pressure on the tooth during chewing.
If you have any similar issues, HomeTown Dental offers other restorative services. Give us a call to learn which dental filling would best suit you. For more information, call at 682-204-5777 today.