Tooth Fillings | Denton, TX Dentist
Dental fillings do just what they say on the tin – they fill a gap. When you grind your teeth at night, you could cause them to become worn down. Also, when you have rotting or decay in your teeth, there will be a hole that will prove very sensitive for a while, once the bad matter has been removed. Fillings (Composite and Amalgam) are there to fill these holes and to thicken up those worn teeth to prevent any further issues from occurring.
Different Types of Tooth Fillings
The good news is that you can get fillings made with virtually any material these days – gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, plastic, composite, you name it!
Amalgam fillings are a concoction of materials by itself – mercury blended with zinc, tin, copper and silver. Composite resin fillings are glass ones. As you can imagine, both of these have both their advantages and disadvantages. This will be something worked out by you and your dental surgeon.
You can have a couple of different types of filling too – direct and indirect, which also have a couple more options – inlays and onlays. You may even find that you need a temporary filling from time to time, but this is usually done for those that have recently undergone root canal surgery, as an emergency treatment, and also if more than one session will be required for a specific treatment to be completed.
Indirect fillings will need a couple of trips to Denton Smiles; they are actually made up within a laboratory to go within the tooth with the help of a dental crown; usually when there is not enough tooth matter to support an entire filling.
Side Effects with Tooth Fillings
Obviously, as with any kind of dental procedure, there are things that can go wrong. You may experience sensitivity and pain after the fillings. This is actually a very common side effect and can last from one day to four weeks. Some people don’t experience it, but the majority of people do. Also, you might experience some pain while biting down. This could either be the tooth settling, or you will need to have it amended slightly as it has interfered with the bite.
Make an Appointment with Denton Smiles
Most people know when they need a tooth filling—usually from a localized pain in a tooth that has a cavity. The worse thing you can do is to do nothing! Don't wait—call your local dentist in Denton, TX—Denton Smiles Dentistry! Denton Smiles performs tooth fillings on a regular basis, and we can find the right kind of filling for your situation and send you on your way. Call our office at 940-380-1188 or request an appointment online today!