Dental fillings are the main example of restorative dentistry everyone knows about, even if they’ve never had a tooth filling. Tooth fillings are ways of restoring a tooth’s strength and sealing off potential routes of infection. Although getting a filling may still trigger some feelings of dread, the process doesn’t hurt and is a quick, easy way to make sure your tooth stays healthy. Dental fillings are commonly used for cavities and cracked teeth.
Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in a sticky film called plaque. Plaque adheres to the tooth’s surface and causes cavities and gum irritation. Once a cavity eats into the tooth enamel, your dentist at Bramwest Family Dental in Brampton will need to remove the decayed tooth material and add a filling to take the place of the removed material.
Getting a filling is a straightforward procedure. Your dentist will numb your tooth and gums with a local anesthetic. Next, using a drill, your dentist removes the decayed material and hollows out the cavity. The filling material will be placed, and you’ll be done. However, the choice of filling you make does have some impact on how placing the filling happens.
Composite resins are used more than any other filling material. They mimic the color of natural teeth and are durable. With good oral hygiene, they can last from 10 to 15 years. Your dentist at Bramwest Family Dental in Brampton will place the composite material in your cavity in layers. Each layer is cured and hardened into place by use of an ultraviolet light that’s shined directly onto the layer. The layer causes the paste to harden immediately.
Amalgam fillings are also common. Made of a mix of tin and silver, they last longer than composite and cost less. Naturally, they don’t look as natural as they’re a gray-silver color.
Getting a filling at Bramwest Family Dental is easy! Call us and book an appointment with us today for the best dental care in Brampton.