A dental filling is a material made up of composite or porcelain and is used to fill cavities and restore cracked and fractured teeth. The dental filling has an appearance that closely matches with the enamel. Hence, they are highly sought-after to fill cavities as they are visually indistinguishable.
What is the procedure involved?
Applying a filling is a simple process and can be completed in just one visit to the dentist's office. Initially, the decay is removed from the cavity using a hand-held scaling device. The cavity is thoroughly cleaned, and the decay-causing bacteria are removed. Next, the color of the filling is matched with that of the tooth and then applied to the cavity. The filling will be shaped according to the contour of the tooth and trimmed if required. Its color and translucency are matched as closely as possible to that of the natural tooth. Extra care needs to be taken when the cavity is severe, i.e., when the pulp has been affected by the decay.
How do you care for your fillings?
Though dental fillings have high durability and strength, there are chances of them cracking or getting worn out. They don't have a definite lifespan, and it depends on the oral hygiene and eating habits that you follow. For example, when you bite into hard objects, there are chances of your fillings cracking. Hence, proper care would prevent any damage to them. Also, regular brushing and flossing prevent the staining of the fillings.
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