How many kinds of tooth fillings and applications are there?

Why do we need tooth filling?

To have healthy and beautiful teeth, regular oral hygiene is significant because mouth is a door that most frequently opens to the outer world consciously. Everything that passes through this door leaves a mark inside. For many organic or non-organic substances from nutrients to water and even smoke, digestion starts in the mouth by breaking them into pieces and teeth do that job. An adult has 32 teeth. Teeth, aligned along the jawbone, help to break the nutrients and other substances into pieces. Because of the 32 teeth and the indented form, the mouth is a unique place for bacteria to grow. The leftovers of the nutrients cause bacteria to grow. The fundamental reason for serious intraoral problems is the increase in bacteria. The intraoral bacteria lead to tooth decay and gingival diseases. Tooth decay causes functional losses and the death of the tooth. The dentist should examine the decayed tooth and its condition. Then according to the need of the decayed tooth, suitable kind of filling is chosen and applied. Tooth filling can also be applied to fractured tooth or unaesthetic appearance of a missing tooth. 

How many types of filling are there?

The dentist needs to clean out the decayed area, which leaves a cavity or hole in the tooth. Afterward, the hole will be filled with a dental filling. With the help of injections given in the root of the tooth, you won’t feel any pain and the procedure will finish in about 15 minutes. The type of filling may vary. The most common kinds of fillings are amalgam, composite and porcelain fillings. The type of filling that will be used changes according to the region that will be filled and the patient’s demand. The appearance of the filling is important. For instance, in fractions or decays in the front teeth, porcelain filling is preferred as it is similar to natural teeth. Amalgam fillings that are composed of silver, copper and similar metals are used in the back teeth where chewing is done because they are more durable. Composite fillings are a kind of filling consisting of silicon dioxide particles and plastic. They are known as ‘white filling’. Composite fillings, which are durable and look beautiful, can be used after maximum 2 sessions. Because they are durable, composite fillings can be used by people who want their fillings long-lasting.

Which type is suitable for you?

The most common reason for dentist visits is tooth filling. When conditions such as tooth decay or fractions due to external impact are experienced, filling treatment is applied to fix the damage and it will take maximum an hour. A standard basic filling only takes about 15 minutes. In such a short period of time, the dentist determines the kind of filling you need because the structure of the tooth and the place where there is a problem plays great importance in the type of filling that will be used. You should trust your dentist who will take everything into consideration.

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