Dental Filling is a treatment to restore missing tooth structure which could have been a result of decay or trauma. Decay makes tooth area hollow. Dental Filling helps to fill this gap and protect it from further damage. A filling is also used to repair broken tooth or cracked tooth and the teeth which wear off due to dental habits like teeth grinding, nail biting etc.
There are various signs and symptoms where fillings can be required. The symptoms could be as below:
Dental Filling is normally required if your tooth has a decay. It can prevent further damage to your teeth and can protects them.
If you have decay, then it is extremely important to remove the decay and get Fillings done because if the treatment is not done on time then slowly the enamel (outer part of teeth) start decaying exposing the dentin (the hard part below the enamel). The bacteria in your mouth will come in contact with dentin, causing more spread leading to infection. Once you will feel the sensitivity then need to get Fillings done. But if you skip this part and do not get the treatment done at proper time, then the infection will reach to the nerve which will eventually damage the tooth and then one needs to undergo a Root Canal Treatment. You are also at risk of the infection traveling to the adjacent tooth making it also prone to decay.
Fillings are a very affordable and efficient restoration method, but the cost varies greatly in different situations and for different patients, depending on the involvement of tooth. The cost of treatment is determined by the size of the filling, the number of fillings, and the material you choose. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to loss of tooth and replacing a missing tooth is significantly costlier than a dental filling.
Dental Fillings are of various types and the type of filling to be used will depend upon the condition of decay and other factors such as a person being allergic to a material. The different type of fillings available areas follow:
This old age filling is long lasting . In this type, Silver Filling is comparatively inexpensive,but gold though expensive is a preferred choice. As, they can withstand chewing forces and last usually from 10-15 years.
These are the most researched and widely used by dental professionals. They are made of several metals combined and therefore, they have high strength.
These are of the same color as your teeth and are preferred if a person does not want their filing to be seen. It is recommended & suitable for front teeth and It also bbonds well with the tooth structure. It is also used for a chipped tooth, however, does not last long as compared to metal and amalgam filling and can also wear off within time.
Best material if you have serious aesthetic concerns. These cover most part of the tooth, hence can be used if the decay is large enough. This long-lasting filling does not stain or wear off easily.
The longevity of Dental Filling depends upon the material of the filling and also depends on how well you take care of your filling. The life of Dental Filling generally varies from 10 years to 20 years.
Yes, but the chances are rare.
Visit your dentist as soon as your Dental Filling comes out.
If you have sensitivity even after getting the filling done, then it is likely that your filling is about to come off. Or if you feel pressure while eating or have a constant toothache then the chances of it coming out is high.