Teeth Fillings

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Have you got crooked and stained teeth? Don’t worry, because most of your cosmetic dental problems can be solved with the help of dental fillings. Dental fillings are restorative materials that are used to restore the shape, function and esthetics of crooked and misshaped teeth that have been infected with cavities.

When are Teeth Fillings Required?

Teeth fillings are may be required in the following cases:

  • Teeth Cavities – teeth cavities not only weaken the natural tooth structure, but they can also disturb the facial esthetics. Therefore, teeth cavities should be removed as soon as they are discovered and the tooth should be restored with an appropriate filling material.
  • Fractured Teeth – Fillings can also be used to restore the gap created in fractured teeth, so that the tooth regains its structure and function.
  • To Esthetically Restore Teeth Gaps – tooth colored filling materials are also used to cosmetically restore excessive gaps between adjacent teeth.
  • To Repair an Existing Filling – a filling can sometimes also be required to repair an existing filling within a tooth.
What Filling Materials are Available?

Today, numerous filling materials are available to the dentist for restoring crooked and broken teeth.

  • Silver Amalgam – this filling material, as the name suggests is a combination of mercury and various metal alloys. Amalgam fillings have been known for their excellent durability and strength. However, they are not being used commonly to restore teeth due to their poor esthetics as well as their potential toxic effects.
  • Glass Ionomers – these fillings are basically composed of glass that is mixed with an acid to form a hard mass. Glass ionomer cements are available in several different types that are prepared by combining two or more types of filling materials, such as the composers and the resin modified glass ionomers
  • Composites – these filling materials are basically dental polymers. The polymerization reaction is activated either through a chemical or by exposing them to a suitable light source. These filling materials are nowadays being used most commonly to restore teeth, owing to their safety, adequate strength and most importantly, their ability to match their color and shade with that of the natural tooth.
How are Fillings Placed?
  • Detecting the Teeth Cavities – Before placing fillings in your teeth, your dentist will first make sure that all of cavities in that tooth are removed. The detection of teeth cavities can be done with the help of visual examination, radiographs or by using caries exposing agents.
  • Removing Teeth Cavities – next, your dentist will remove all the cavities that has to be restored. This can be done with the help of a conventional hand piece, air-abrasion or by using a laser source.
  • Shaping the Tooth – once all the carious tooth structure has been removed, your dentist will shape that area such that it can accommodate the filling. An exactly shaped cavity has to be prepared for the placement of amalgam fillings, while there is no such need for the glass ionomers and dental composites.
  • Placing the Filling – finally, the filling will be placed into its position. The method of placement of each filling material is different, and care has to be taken to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to achieve best results.
  • Finishing and Polishing – final finishing and polishing of the fillings, so as to improve esthetics and prevent further development of teeth cavities, the fillings are finished and polished usually about 24 after their placement within the oral cavity.

If you want to enjoy a perfect and adorable smile, then you need to get rid of your crooked teeth! Visit your dentist today to get your teeth restored with suitable dental fillings.

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