Dental fillings are the substance utilized to restore the dental structure of the tooth. Fillings are a composite material, which is made of porcelain. The composition of the fillings in dentures depends on the tooth’s present deontological condition. The fillings are used to fill in the holes that are left after the extraction of teeth. Dental restoration, dental fillings (permanent), or dental prosthetic devices, are procedures to restore the function of missing tooth structure by dental fillings, supporting the substitution of natural teeth or the filling of artificial structure supported by dental prosthetic devices, that is, tooth-supported structures.
Types of Dental Fillings
One type of dental fillings is sensitive; that is, the filling may sometimes cause extreme pain. This happens when the filling materials are made of very soft metal. In this situation, the dentist would most likely need to remove the filling before beginning its implementation. Another type of filling is highly durable and long-lasting but is more expensive, making it appropriate for those who cannot afford the expensive dental fillings such as those made of gold, silver, amalgam, mercury, amalgam, porcelain, resin, and gold.
Purpose of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are used for several purposes such as: to prevent tooth decay; prevent tooth sensitivity; restore the chewing function of the patient; to enhance aesthetic appearance. These fillings have various uses and benefits that make them an essential part of dental health care. For patients who require dental fillings because of sensitivity issues, the fillings help in the reduction of the discomfort felt during chewing. Also, for patients suffering from tooth-related diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis, fillings help restore the chewing function that these patients experience. To restore the chewing function, the fillings also support the restoration of the tooth’s natural color which ranges from white to yellow.
During the earlier stages of the teeth’ development, the protective cover over them serves as a sort of shield that prevents bacteria and germ from damaging the inner parts of the teeth. However, as the child grows up and begins to chew, this covering wears off resulting in the formation of cavity-causing germs and decay. This process of bacterial contamination leads to the development of cavities. A perfect example of how cavities form in the case of a baby whose mother has gone through childbirth.
Dental fillings also help in tooth preparation before the patient goes to sleep to reduce the occurrence of tooth sensitivity that occurs when a person sleeps. During the night, bacteria and germ move inside the mouth and begin to attack the healthy tissues. Most of the time, the bacteria cause harm to the tooth enamel by wearing away at the surface that is sensitive to brushing. When the teeth are positioned in a position that permits easy chewing, the possibility of cavities increases. On the other hand, if the teeth are positioned in an uncomfortable and offending position, the possibility of a cavity increases dramatically.
The dentist will determine the best procedure for you depending on the filling you have chosen. There are three kinds of dental fillings available: silver amalgam, porcelain composite fillings, and amalgam. Each type of filling is designed to withstand various chewing motions. For example, the amalgam is not designed to be affected by chewing hard food like nuts or seeds. Hence, this particular filling type is most ideal for patients who are suffering from sensitive teeth.