The teeth within our mouth play an important role in breaking down ingested food to help it get digested. Maintaining health of the teeth is important as bacteria can grow in the mouth and cause tooth decay and other similar problems. Formation of a cavity within the molar teeth situated in the back of the mouth can be painful especially if the cavity extends into the deeper tissues.
It is important for all of us to visit your dentist once every six months to a year to ensure that our teeth are healthy. However, many of us tend to neglect it and end up having cavities. When the cavities start to cause discomfort and become extremely sensitive, we decide it is time to visit the dentist in order to get the cavities filled. But what does cavity filling involve? Here we take a look at this in a little more detail.
The problems with cavities
Cavities may seem like a simple and uncomplicated problem where a small amount of tooth material is eroded off to form a small cavity. The problem is that these cavities can extend deeper through the teeth and erode the underlying bone causing bone loss and severe pain. Filling up these cavities with suitable tooth filler can prevent this problem.
Types of cavity fillers
There are a variety of different cavity fillers that are used in dental practice for managing cavities. These can range from composite fillers made out of glass and resin, amalgam fillers made out of silver, copper, Mercury and tin, ceramic fillers and gold fillers. The choice of filler often depends upon the dentist and the choice of the patient. Each of these fillers is rather resilient and can last for varying periods of time.
Getting a cavity filled
Once cavities are identified within the teeth, the procedure of filling the cavity commences. Patients are given an anaesthetic agent that is either injected around the tooth or applied as a gel within the mouth. This numbs the area around the teeth and can make the process of getting a cavity filled painless.
Following the anaesthetic, a small drill or device is utilised to remove any decayed tooth material, revealing healthier tooth underneath that requires filling. The area is assessed in detail and suitable tooth filling material is placed in the space that has been created. The filling is pressed into the gap so that there are no areas for bacteria to grow and the tooth is completely filled up. The procedure is painless and the results can be rather remarkable.
There are rarely any complications following cavity filling. One complication is irritation of the nearby nerves that may cause a small amount of pain following the procedure. This is often short lived and disappears by itself.
Getting a cavity filled happens to be one of the most common dental procedures performed in practice. The filling process is fairly straightforward and there are different kinds of cavity fillers that can be used depending upon the choice of the dentist and the patient. Cavity fillers can last for years and can prevent further damage on the tooth and underlying bone. The procedure is risk-free.
Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year, and keep your smile glowing and your teeth cavity free!