TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS
TOOTH COLORED FILLING PROCEDURE
If your tooth needs a filling, the tooth will be numbed in order to make you comfortable. Nitrous oxide can also be used if you are feeling nervous. Once the tooth is numb, the decayed part of the tooth will be removed to stop it from growing bigger and consuming the entire tooth. Once the decayed part of the tooth is removed, it is cleaned thoroughly and dried. A special tooth bond is used to bond the filling to the tooth. Once the filling is put into the tooth, it is shaped and then hardened. Finally the filling is leveled with the other teeth and polished smooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A TOOTH COLORED FILLING PROCEDURE
After your tooth filling procedure, your mouth will be numb. Do not eat anything that you have to chew until the numbing is worn off. Once the numbing wears off your mouth may be sore where the numbing was given, Ibuprofen can be used to reduce the soreness. It is normal for the tooth to be sensitive to cold temperatures for a few days to a few weeks, this resolves over time. After the numbness wears off it is important to clench your teeth together to make sure your teeth are closing evenly. If your teeth are not closing evenly, let the dentist know as you will need a simple adjustment.
WHAT DO FILLINGS DO TO YOUR TOOTH?
When your tooth is decaying, the decay needs to be removed to stop the decay from growing to consume the entire tooth. When the decay is removed, it leaves a hole in the tooth that must be filled to keep food an debris out of it. A tooth filling is placed in the hole to return the tooth to it’s original shape.
DO FILLINGS HURT?
When a tooth is going to have a dental filling procedure, the tooth is numbed and cannot feel pain.
TOOTH COLORED DENTAL FILLING TOOTH DECAY TREATMENT IMAGES
OLD SILVER FILLING REPLACEMENTS
If the tooth already has a filling, although they are called "permanent fillings," they do not last forever. They are called permanent because there is not a plan to replace them in the near future, however the tooth structure around the filling is still subject to infection, especially at the margin between the filling and the tooth. If tooth decay is noticed around an old filling, the filling and any underlying tooth decay should be removed and a new filling placed. There are a few signs that indicate that a filling may have tooth decay around it or under it. With a silver amalgam filling you can see the tooth start turning dark around the filling, you may notice a tiny gap forming around the filling which lets bacteria in, or there may be a crack in the tooth around the filling or in the filling itself which all allow tiny bacteria access to a deeper part of the tooth. These are all reasons to replace an old filling. With a tooth colored filling, you can see a brown line around the edge. Below is a tooth with a silver filling and it shows what is under these fillings when they begin to get a secondary infection and how much structure needs to be removed indicating that it is urgent to replace these fillings as soon as the signs are noticed to reduce the amount of tooth structure that is lost.
HOW LONG DO FILLINGS LAST?
A dental filling can last as long as the bacteria that causes tooth decay does not leak between the tooth and filling to decay the tooth again. This can happen over time, because like all things used frequently, the bond between the tooth and filling will break down. There are many factors that contribute to this breakdown including, the size of the filling, the forces put on the teeth when chewing or grinding teeth and how clean the teeth are. The bigger the filling, the faster it will wear out. People who clench their teeth will have their fillings wear out faster. People with cleaner mouths will have their fillings last longer.
CAN YOU GET MERCURY POISONING FROM DENTAL FILLINGS?
Most fillings placed today are tooth colored fillings that do not have Mercury in them. If you have a silver filling that does have Mercury, there is probably no reason to worry about Mercury poisoning. However, the chances are that the filling needs to be replaced because of decay especially if the filling is over 10 years old.
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