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Fillings


Date :28-Jun-2013 Author :Dr. Seby Varghese

To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.

Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).

TYPES:
Fillings are catagorised into Temporary and Long term fillings.

Long Term Fillings:
Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic, and glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling materials, and your dentist's recommendation assist in determining the type of filling best for you.

Temporary Fillings:
Temporary fillings are used under the following circumstances:

  • For fillings that require more than one appointment -- for example, before placement of gold fillings and for certain filling procedures (called indirect fillings) that use composite materials
  • Following a root canal
  • To allow a tooth's nerve to "settle down" if the pulp became irritated
  • If emergency dental treatment is needed (such as to address a toothache)

Temporary fillings are just that; they are not meant to last. They usually fall out, fracture, or wear out within a month. Be sure to contact your dentist to have a temporary filling replaced with a permanent one. If you don't, the tooth could become infected or you could have other complications.

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