Cavity Fillings: What to Expect, Types & Potential Problems

Cavity Fillings: What to Expect, Types & Potential Problems

A cavity is the result of bad oral health which is inconvenient, painful and costly. When the hard surface of the tooth is damaged and develops into a hole leads to tooth decay.

The dentists at Gentle Family Dentistry want to educate their patients on the types of and potential problems with fillings.

Filling cavities: What to expect

A cavity filling is required to fill the area of the tooth which has been affected by tooth decay when the decay is removed. The area is numbed to lessen the pain and discomfort. The decay is removed by a drill.

Cavity filling is also used to repair the damage caused by grinding of the teeth.

Types of fillings

There are wide choices available for fillings and depends on aesthetic preference and cost.

  • Amalgam Fillings

A very strong material made of several metallic ingredients which are applied to back teeth required for chewing. These are visible when you smile but are affordable.

  • Composite Fillings

Made in a combination of plastic-type materials that are suitable for smaller or mid-sized cavities.

  • Metal Fillings

These are made up of gold or silver where gold fillings are expensive. These fillings can last between 15 to 20 years before any need for replacement.

  • Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are usually made of porcelain and consist of the same colour as your natural teeth. It is expensive just like gold fillings.

  • Glass Loomer

This is a mixture of acrylic and glass which contains fluoride to protect the teeth. It is less durable than others and needs replacement within 5 years.

Taking care of cavity fillings

Always maintain good oral hygiene to avoid any further decay. Visit a dentist regularly and brush & floss your teeth twice a day.

When to replace a filling

Though filling last for many years but requires replacement if wear down from chewing, grinding and clenching of the jaw.

Other potential problems with cavity fillings

The possible problems could be an infection and damage to the tooth.

To understand the treatments and procedures of a cavity filling, please contact the dentist at Gentle Family Dentistry.