Cavity Fillers

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Dental fillings are the space fillers used to treat dental cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. There are varieties of materials available for filling and the dentist recommends you the best one based on your budget and condition. With the help of modern technologies, the procedure is less time-consuming and virtually painless.

Why Do You Need Cavity Filling?

A cavity occurs when bacterial acids create a small hole in the tooth. These acids are created by bacteria in the mouth using mostly sugar from food particles. Some cavities, if caught early, can be treated with fluoride to restore the enamel that protects the tooth, but many cavities are treated with dental fillings.

Fillings are used to prevent further damage or cavities to the teeth. It treats the tooth decay in your tooth and also helps in preventing any further damage. If a cavity is left untreated for too long, it can spread deeper into the tooth and even eventually destroy the tooth. 

Dental fillings treat:

  • Tooth decay
  • Prevent further damage and loss of teeth
  • Prevents the possibility of pain and infection
  • Seals a hole or cavity in the tooth

Types Of Cavity Fillings

There are several types of fillers, including:

  • Amalgam Fillings: Amalgam is a mixture of silver made from different metals, such as copper, tin, and mercury. These fillings may be more appropriate for posterior molars. The material is strong and lasts a long time.
  • Composite Fillings: The material is tooth-colored and consists of resin and glass.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: This material is also tooth-colored and made of powdered glass that adheres to the teeth. These fillings release fluoride to help prevent further cavities.
  • Gold Fillings: The material is an alloy of copper, gold, and other metals. These are the most durable fillings, lasting 20 years or more.

Composite resin and glass ionomer fillings are less durable than amalgam fillings. However, they are also less visible and contain no heavy metals.

Results with Cavity Filling

A dental filling treats tooth decay. Having a filling can prevent further damage, reduce the risk of pain and infection, and help maintain overall dental health.