Although cavity fillings are familiar and straightforward, the doctors and the team of oral healthcare professionals at BERKELEY SMILES, located near you in BERKELEY, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the types of, and certain issues with, fillings.
The filling is used to fill the area of the tooth when the decay is removed. The decay is removed by a drill or a dental laser, and this area is numbed to lessen the discomfort of the patient.
Fillings are also used to repair the damage caused by the grinding of the teeth and to replace parts of broken teeth.
There are many options available for fillings, and the choice of the patient depends on preference and cost. The following are the 5 types of fillings.
Any discomfort and sensitivity felt after a filling will subside. It is important to maintain effective oral hygiene to avoid any further decay.
A filling can last for many years, but all will wear down from chewing, the grinding of teeth and the clenching of the jaw. Chewing on a damaged filling may crack the tooth and could require repair procedures in addition to the initial filling. If decay sets in around a filling, your dentist may opt to crown the tooth instead of enlarging the filled area.
It is important for a patient to know and recognize any problems with their fillings. The possible complications can include an infection and damage to the tooth.
If you would like a consultation about an issue with a cavity filling or would like additional information on white fillings in Berkeley, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at BERKELEY SMILES, located in BERKELEY, where new patients are always welcome.
BERKELEY SMILES is trusted and highly recommended treatments and procedures in general and restorative dentistry.