What Are Composite Fillings?
A composite filling is a special mixture comprised of tooth-colored materials that replace the missing part of the tooth and protect it from further deterioration. This mixture effectively seals off the cavity and protects the inside of the tooth from bacteria and other harmful residues that can rot the root and the nerve causing pain and eventually the loss of the tooth. The composite filling procedure has two steps; preparing the tooth by removing all of the damaged tissue and affected areas, and filling it with the natural-looking composite material before sealing it with a special coating that protects the filling from corrosive effects. This process revamps the tooth, ensuring no weak points, improved chewing, and a more pleasing look.
How Does It Work and Does It Hurt?
The dentist numbs your tooth and surrounding area for the entirety of the procedure. Aside from some pressure being applied, the patient does not experience pain or any other unpleasant sensations. If required, the tooth is drilled to cleanse it of the affected tissue; this is an essential step in the process.
When done correctly, the procedure does not cause any pain, and although some discomfort may be expected, that stems from the surrounding tissue feeling the effects of the work done. Numbness of the tongue and gums should disappear within a day, and patients are advised not to eat for a couple of hours after the procedure.
Newer materials have been introduced in the field of dentistry that can be used effectively as dental fillings. Generally, the dental filling comprises of two phases; in the first phase, the weakened or disintegrated teeth/tooth is taken out and in the next phase the area is refilled by the dentists.
Why go for Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are the most effective way to put a stop to the bacteria and germs from further deteriorating the health and appearance of the teeth. The process of breaking down or rotting in the tooth results in dental cavities. Untreated dental cavities can result in bone loss in the advanced stages.
During the dental filling process a dentist will:
Numb the oral cavity including the tongue, teeth and gums are also numbed with a gel like substance. Later an anesthetic injection will be given.
The dentists may also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to reduce the stress or pain levels in the patients.
The disintegrated tooth may require drilling, which can cause discomfort for some patients.
A rubber dam is used by the dentist to keep the liquid or the teeth chips from entering the throat.
The part extracted through drilling is refilled in the later stages of treatment.
Effects from anesthesia include:
- Numbness of tongue and gums; numbness may last for up to 1 day after treatment.
- Difficulty speaking.
Due to numbness, patients need to take precaution in not biting their tongue or cheek.
Good oral hygiene is crucial to the longevity of dental fillings. The patient should ask their dentist about the correct way to brush and floss their teeth; as well as which toothpaste they should use to sustain the health of their teeth and fillings.
Why Is It Important?
When a tooth starts decaying, it only continues to do so regardless of your mouth hygiene. It is crucial to address this issue and save the healthy parts of the tooth to keep its functionality. As soon as the first symptoms appear, patients are advised to schedule an appointment and let their dentists assess the situation. Regular checkups are the best way to prevent tooth decay in the first place so give us a call to schedule your appointment today!