The feeling of sensitivity that starts with the formation of caries on the tooth, which is damaged over time, often bothers us.
Causes of dental caries; there may be many reasons such as not brushing the teeth regularly and correctly, sticking the plaques to the surface of the teeth for a long time, and weakening the teeth because of it, the formation of caries bacteria in the long-term contact of food residues between the teeth, etc.
It is very important to treat dental caries so they won’t cause further damage to the tooth. Dental fillings are the first treatment applied in this regard.
How Are Tooth Decays Treated?
First, the dentist numbs the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. It will completely get cleaned caries bacteria from the tooth so that the it won’t damage the tooth anymore. Your dentist will apply the filling material in the exact shade to your tooth color to the tooth in layers. Then a special light will be used that ‘hardens’ each layer. Finally, the dentist will correct any excess filling and make sure that your teeth are suitable for your bite.
Dental Filling Types
There are many types of dental fillings currently. These; can be gold, porcelain, composite or amalgam fillings. The most commonly used fillings nowdays are composite fillings, which we can choose the tooth color.
Composite fillings; can be applied with the selection of resin in accordance with the patient’s tooth color in decayed or broken teeth. It restores the damaged tooth and provides the structure of the lost tooth to be reconstructed in a more aesthetic way. Composite fillings can be applied to almost every patient.
In which cases composite filling should be considered?
• To repair rotten teeth
• To repair broken and cracked teeth
• To improve the color appearance of teeth
• To close gaps between teeth
• To make the teeth appear longer
• To change the tooth shape
• As an aesthetic alternative to amalgam fillings
• To protect part of the tooth root when the gums recede
The biggest advantage of composite fillings is that they help the teeth have an aesthetic appearance with the least abrasion.
Do Composite-Filled Teeth Require Special Care?
Filled teeth do not require special care. It is enough to follow healthy oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleaning will be sufficient.
It is important to avoid habits such as nail-biting, as the sealant may break; Do not chew pens, ice, or other hard food items or use them as sharpeners on your filled teeth.
How Long Is the Life of Composite Filling?
The lifespan of filling materials for teeth depends on how much filling is done and your oral health habits. Typically, however, the padding material can last from 3 years to about 10 years without being touched or replaced.