Tooth decay can happen despite of your best efforts to brush and floss on a regular basis. As part of your checkup the Langley Children’s Dentist may notice one or more cavities when he looks at your dental x-rays. Next you’ll be told to schedule a follow up appointment to repair the decayed tooth or teeth. A filling will restore any teeth damaged by decay back to it’s normal function and shape. During the procedure he or she will first remove the decayed parts of the tooth cleans the area then fills the area with a filling material. After this is done no more bacteria can enter the affected tooth and further decay is avoided. Dentists have various materials they use for fillings including gold, porcelain, composite resins (tooth coloured fillings ) or an amalgam ( an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc ).
Which type is best
The dentist has lots of choices and will consider the extent of the repair. patient allergies to any of the materials, the aesthetics and cost when deciding. The list of filling materials and information about each is listed below.
Gold fillings are made to order with impressions taken by your Dentist and do require several visits to complete the repair. It’s well tolerated by gum tissue and can last 20 years or longer. Despite the expense it can be recommended for these reasons.
Composite ( Plastic ) resin match the patient’s teeth making them much less noticeable. They can be mixed and applied in your Dentist’s office although their drawback is they chip easily and not practical for larger cavities.
Amalgam ( silver ) fillings are relatively inexpensive and stand up fairly well.
Fillings with such a noticeable colour are great for any teeth that hidden or in the back of the mouth.
Porcelain used to fill cavities are referred to as inlays or overlays and are made to order after impressions are taken. They are then bonded by the Dentist and often cover the whole tooth. With a price close to using gold the way it can be colour matched with the patient’s teeth and resistance to staining make it a good choice on front teeth.
In cases where the decayed or damaged area of the tooth is large a cap or crown may be recommended from the team at SmileTown Dentistry Langley. When decay has reached the nerve a root canal ( to remove the nerve ) or a procedure known as pulp capping ( to keep the nerve alive ) needs to be done before a cap or crown is applied.