Here at Todd L. Jolly, DMD, we are experts in repairing decayed teeth. Fillings are used to repair and restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Tooth decay is often caused by poor oral hygiene although physical damage can also contribute to it. If left unattended, you could lose the tooth. If the tooth has not been completely damaged, the decayed part can be extracted, and the remaining cavity filled up.
Different materials are used to fill up a tooth cavity. The material to be used depends on the size of the cavity, and the cost. Tooth fillings stop further decay and allow the tooth to continue functioning properly. Filling closes spaces through which bacteria can enter the tooth, thus preventing any further decay from being able to take place.
What Happens During a Filling Procedure?
A filling procedure is not complicated, especially if the tooth has not been severely damaged. We will simply extract the decayed material, clean the tooth, and fill it up with the appropriate material.
Many people are afraid of the procedure. Many believe that it is excruciatingly painful. Our dentists are very gentle, however, and will ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. You may be surprised at just how little you feel.
Gold, composite resin, silver, and porcelain are some materials that are commonly used to fill the cavities. The choice of material depends on several factors. The size of the cavity, allergies, tooth location and costs are the most prominent factors that determine which material you’ll use.
Gold fillings are generally considered the best, but they are the most expensive. They are well-tolerated by the gum, and they blend in well with the tooth. Porcelain fillings can be just as expensive as Gold, but we can easily match them with the color of the tooth. Silver fillings are preferred for their durability. Composite resin fillings are the cheapest. While they blend well with the color of the tooth, they tend to wear out faster than all the rest.
If the tooth is decayed to the extent that the root and nerve of the teeth have been damaged, our dentists might determine that a root canal therapy or pulp capping procedure is necessary. Crown and caps are also used when the tooth remains completely deformed after the decay has been extracted.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Ordinary teeth brushing and flossing is never enough to avoid the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. These residues will harbor bacteria that cause your teeth to start decaying. During a dental exam, our dentist will be able to call out any signs of tooth decay easily. The situation can always be arrested and rectified on time if you get regular checkups.
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If you would like to learn more about dental fillings, call (973) 284-7363, and schedule an appointment now!