Dental Fillings And Restorations
Tooth Filling in Chatswood
What do you mean by dental fillings?
This is what happens when a tooth is starting or is decayed by cavity. The decayed part is taken out and replaced with a filling. Tooth fillings can also be used to restore broken or cracked teeth or those that have been worn down because of improper use such as tooth grinding or chewing hard objects.
What are the different materials to use for cavity fillings?
The location and the severity of the decay, the insurance coverage, the cost of the filling required, the advice of the dentist, all these factors determine the kind of filling to use for the decayed part.
The different types of fillings are the following: gold, silver, tooth-colored composites, ceramics, and also glass ionomer. Each of these fillings has their own set of advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to you and your dentist to decide on the right kind of filling to choose.
What do you mean by indirect fillings?
These are the same with the composite or tooth-colored fillings, the only difference is that they are done in the laboratory and require two sessions before they are placed on the tooth. This type of fillings is intended for tooth that has not enough structure to support it yet there is not much decay on the tooth and just needs a crown to protect it.
There are two kinds of indirect fillings, the inlays and onlays. Inlays are the same as fillings but it’s on the cusps where the work is found. Onlays are often called partial crowns. The work is more extensive than inlays and it covers one or more cusps.
These are known to be more durable than the traditional fillings and they are meant to last for 30 years. There are also direct onlays and inlays and the only difference is that they are made in the dental clinic and it can be placed in merely one visit of the patient.
What do you mean by a temporary filling and when is the right time to have it?
A temporary filling is just that only for a certain time and not meant to last. It is needed under the following circumstances: when the fillings need beyond just one appointment, after a root canal therapy, to let the tooth nerve settle down if ever the pulp has become infected, and during emergency dental cases. You need to consult with the dentist within one month for the filling to be replaced or else it will be infected and might cause other complications.
What are the right ways to take care of tooth fillings?
For the fillings to stay in place, anyone who has had fillings should practice good oral hygiene, daily brushing after every meal, daily flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash at least once daily. When you notice that the filling is cracked, has a sharp edge, or a piece of the tooth is missing, it is crucial that you call the dentist right away.
What are some after effects of having dental fillings?
Pain and sensitivity are common issues after a filling is done. Your tooth may be sensitive to air, sweet and cold foods, pressure on the tooth, etc. These issues will resolve on their own after two to four weeks, and there is no need for pain reliever. If not, you have to consult with your dentist.
Rarely are there instances when someone shows an allergic reaction to dental fillings. Symptoms of this allergic reaction are the same as when does have skin allergy. There will be rashes and itching. When indeed there is allergic reaction involved, another restorative material has to be used as replacement.
One other problem is deteriorating fillings which is a result of constant pressure caused by chewing, clenching, or grinding. Only the dentist will be able to determine if the filling is deteriorating; that is why it is a must to undergo regular check-up with the dentist every six months.