A dental filling is a restorative procedure that involves adding a protective substance into a tooth cavity to shield it against further structural damage and avoid the need for tooth extraction later on.
As cavities (caries) form in the tooth, the tooth becomes more sensitive to heat and cold. The presence of cavity also creates more areas in the mouth where the bacteria can thrive, causing more damage until they reach the gums and roots of the tooth.
Before this happens and the tooth becomes unsalvageable, fillings are used.
There are many different types of dental fillings which can be permanent, indirect, and temporary. Dental fillings may be combined with other restorative procedures such as bridges, as well as endodontic treatment also known as root canal.
Benefits of dental fillings
A dental filling doesn’t take long at the dentist. A short appointment, and you are back to your daily activities. If you need to have a tooth filled, don’t hesitate because it is painless, and you won’t regret taking the time.
Filling effectively stop tooth decay
Dental fillings stop the progression of any decay
Improve the function of teeth
They fill in and protect your tooth, and you can return to normal function, and your mouth can get back to doing what it is meant to do.
Looks like natural teeth
The filling will be shaped and polished to resemble the look of your natural tooth.
An option to restore your smile
Fillings are necessary to help maintain your overall oral health.
Dental Fillings are not very invasive, and most insurance plans cover them since they are essential in preventing further damage. Getting a tooth filled can only benefit you in the long run.