Teeth get decayed and it is important to remove the decayed material so that other teeth do not get affected. When the decayed material is removed, it is important to fill the place up with other material fillings which would help in repairing the cracked or broken teeth.
Fillings can be temporary or permanent in nature. In many cases, temporary fillings are used before the permanent ones, like in the case of gold fillings. Temporary fillings also prove to be helpful in case of root canals or in case of dental emergencies like toothache. These fillings, however, do serve emergency purposes but needs to be replaced by the permanent ones. If that is not done then your tooth can get more affected and there may arise other complications.

Different types of tooth filling

Depending on the conditions of the teeth, different filling materials can be used. Each material has its own pros and cons, choosing the right one for yourself depends on your budget and your aesthetical preferences. The variety of filling materials used depend on their strength and color, but some of the most common ones are:

  • Amalgam Filling- They have been used traditionally for tooth filling and are quite strong in nature. This is why they can easily be used at the back of the mouth where most of the chewing occurs.
  • Composite Filling- The aesthetics are exactly as that of a natural tooth and they are fairly strong as well. They can ideally be used for small to medium restorations in the area of the mouth where moderate chewing occurs.
  • Metals- They are quite durable and last for a long period of time. Even though some people do not like the aesthetics of gold filling, silver filling is one of the most common metal filling used worldwide.
  • Ceramic- This cavity filling gives a sense of natural tooth and is much more stain-resistant compared to composite filling. But they are indeed quite expensive.
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What to expect?

It may take an hour or so to complete the whole process. To save you from discomfort, the dentist would apply local anesthesia and numb the area. They might also take an X-ray of your teeth if needed. Once done, they would start by removing the decay and replace the area with filling materials. In other words, fillings are used to fill up the cavity in the teeth.

Once the treatment is done, you might experience some sensitivity or pain initially. The discomfort of the process would get subsided gradually. You should follow your oral hygiene routine thoroughly. Use toothpaste that would ease out the sensitivity problems. They would also protect you against future tooth decay.

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