Fillings are most commonly used to treat dental cavities. Nature has gifted us with a set of pearly white teeth which give us a beautiful and attractive smile. Under normal conditions, our teeth contain a very hard outer covering known the enamel which prevents them from teeth cavities and damage. However, due to poor hygiene maintenance and genetics, this enamel layer is gradually destroyed, and cavities start to form on our teeth. When this happens, the only solution is to save the tooth with dental fillings.
Other Conditions Treated with Fillings
Restoration of Teeth with Cavities – Teeth which have teeth cavities become weak and will ultimately fracture unless they are reinforced with a suitable filling material.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth – Teeth which get chipped as a result of trauma can be restored with a suitable filling material to protect them from further damage or infection due to exposure of the underlying pulp tissue.
Aesthetic Reasons – Tooth colored filling materials are also used for masking permanent teeth stains that cannot be bleached.
Removal of Amalgam Dental fillings - Silver amalgam dental fillings are not only unattractive due to their metallic appearance, they have also been shown to be harmful to the body since they contain mercury. In these cases, we recommend the removal of old amalgam dental fillings and replacement with a tooth-colored composite filling.
What are Different Types of Dental Fillings?
Depending on the method of their fabrication, dental fillings are of two types:
Direct Fillings – these dental fillings are directly attached to the teeth at the dental chair-side. Most common among them are the polymer resin-based composite dental fillings. These are the most commonly used filling materials worldwide owing to their ability to match the color of your natural teeth, enough durability, and strength.
- How are Direct Composite Dental Fillings Placed? – first, Dr. Lynn will remove the teeth cavities from your tooth. Afterward, a mild acid will be applied in the area where the filling needs to be placed. This is done to create small pores in the tooth which facilitate bonding of the filling. After 30 seconds of application, the acid is washed away, followed by the application of the composite filling material. When Dr. Lynn has shaped the filling to restore the tooth structure, a LED light will be used to polymerize and harden the filling material.
Indirect Dental fillings – unlike the direct dental fillings, indirect dental fillings are prepared in the dental laboratory. After removing the teeth cavities, Dr. Lynn will make an impression of the prepared tooth and send it to the dental laboratory. Once the indirect filling is prepared, it will be bonded to the tooth by using an adhesive cement. Indirect dental fillings can be made from composite resins and or dental porcelain.