Fillings are mainly used to repair broken or cracked teeth and also that have been worn down from misuse, such as from tooth clenching or nail-biting. To treat a cavity, the dentist at Burch Dental will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once resided.
First, the dentist in 61103 will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Next, an air abrasion instrument, a drill, or laser will be used to extract the decayed area. The choice of instrument depends on the person’s dentist’s training, comfort level, investment in the particular piece of equipment, and the extent and location of the decay.
Next, the dentist will observe or test the area during the decay removal process to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been extracted, the dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning debris and bacteria’s cavity. If the decay is around the root, the dentist might first fix it in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. Mostly, after the filling is in, the dentist will finish and polish it.
Many other steps are required for tooth-colored fillings. After the dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. After this, a unique light that “cures” or toughens each layer is applied. When the multi-layering process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, cut off any excess material and polish the final restoration.
If anyone sees the dentist for regular check-ups, they’ll discover cavities early. The sooner a cavity is treated, the better the tooth’s result and the less invasive the treatment is likely to be. So it’s a good idea to get regular dental check-ups. Typically, there are few warning signs of a cavity, such as:
– teeth sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks
– sensitivity to sugary drinks and foods
– Consistent ache in a tooth
– a hole or pit in a tooth
– a tooth stain, either darker or a white color
If anyone suspects they may have a cavity, they should make sure to visit their dentist. They could determine whether one needs a filling or other treatment.
According to Burch Dental, amalgam fillings are set weakly in 1 hour and are completely set in about 24 hours. With this type of filling, it’s better to avoid eating hard foods until the filling has completely set. Glass ionomer fillings and composite fillings are usually light cured. They are set in 1 to 2 millimeter thick layers, taking around 2 to 20 seconds per layer. Ceramic fillings are set immediately, with the help of the dentist’s blue wavelength light.
A composite filling is known to be one of the main types of dental filling material. Among the various types of tooth fillings used, this one is quite popular among many patients that visit the dentist for routine check-ups. This dental filling material usually consists of different resins applied to the impacted cavity area while still in its semi-solid state.
With the use of a bright blue ‘curing’ light, the material’s chemical composition is transformed, thereby changing its physical state. In other words, the blue light is used as a catalyst to harden the material to cover up the cavity fully.