Of the many various dental restorative devices and procedures which are available in modern practice, fillings are one of the most common. A number of oral health issues can arise that create the need for these types of treatments. Cavities, general deterioration or decay, as well as trauma suffered through an accident or injury can all create the need for some type of filling technique. Our dental experts here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD will be glad to meet with you and help you discover which options might be best suited to treat your personal needs.
What Fillings Are
Fillings are various materials which are used by a dentist to reinforce and strengthen a tooth and surrounding area. When the aforementioned issues such as decay, damage or cavities occur, it can ultimately lead to loss of tooth integrity or mass, as well even cracks or wear due to grinding and bruxism. Fillings help the patient in a number of different aspects of their dental health. They improve bite strength and other functions. They also offer an enhanced appearance as well. All of these things work together to offer a highly effective solution to an easily treatable problem.
What the Procedure Is Like
To be prepared for the filling to be placed, the area must first be completely free of decay and other debris or plaque. This will be done with whatever method or technique our dental professionals determine would be appropriate for each individual patient. The extent of the decay, as well as the location and several other variables all factor into the proper removal technique. Once the procedure is complete, a thorough examination to make sure that all of the decay is gone and that the area is ready for the filling will be performed. If so, there are still a number of options that you may have to consider.
Various Filling Materials Available
There are also a number of different filling options available as well. These include everything from metals such as gold and silver to tooth-colored composites and more common choices like ceramic and porcelain. Our dental health specialists will sit and discuss which of these and any others may be the right decision for you or your family member. Since there are so many different options to choose from, it is best to come in for an appointment to go over the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Direct and Indirect
There are two different techniques that are commonly used to apply fillings. Direct fillings can often be done in one visit. They involve placing a soft and malleable filling material onto the tooth and building it up. Indirect fillings take two visits as the restorative device is prepared in a dental facility or lab rather than inside the mouth.
If you would like to learn more about the different kinds of fillings that are available and if they might be able to help with your current dental health situation, simply give our offices here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD. You can reach us by dialing 863-372-1010.