Your teeth constitute one of the strongest parts of your body. It is the enamel that makes your teeth strong. Over time, your mouth houses various kinds of bacteria because of factors like poor oral hygiene and dietary habits. The bacteria create by-products during digestion, thus making your mouth more acidic. Moreover, other substances found in your saliva make your enamel vulnerable to erosion and decay, thereby leading to a cavity.
When cavities form in your teeth, they become sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. If cavities are not addressed on time, the bacteria thrive and damage your roots and gums. We use dental fillings to avoid tooth decay and protect your teeth from cavities.
What are the Types of Dental Fillings?
They are made using a combination of various materials, including tin, copper, mercury, and silver. These filings are durable and last for ten years or more. But they do not blend well with your natural teeth.
- Composite Dental Fillings
Composite dental fillings are made using dental-grade plastic, silica, glass quartz, and other ceramic materials added to a resin base. We bond them to the hollow space after removing the cavity. They look like your natural teeth.
They are made using a specific type of glass material combined with acrylic. We use it to treat our young patients. The best part of these fillings is that they release fluoride, thus preventing further decay.
Gold fillings last for years and include an alloy of gold and other metals like copper. They are the most expensive of all filling materials.
Ceramic dental fillings are composed of porcelain. Just like metal fillings, they are a durable option to opt for. They do not stain and are highly resistant to abrasion.
How Does the Procedure Work?
We will carry out your dental examination and take X-rays to check the severity of the infection. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area of the procedure to avoid any discomfort. Next, we will remove the decay using manual or electronic instruments. In some cases, we may also use a laser to clean the area.
We will prepare your cavity for filling and then add the filling material layer by layer. We will harden each layer using a special light so that the filling bonds well with your teeth. After layering the filling, we will polish your teeth.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Primary Dental Clinic, Midland, TX, call (432) 570-7080 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4519 N Garfield St., Suite 16A, Midland, TX 79705.