GENERAL DENTISTRY

FILLINGS

THE PLUS SIDE OF FILLINGS

Fillings are a blessing for anyone who’s experienced tooth decay or suffered from a broken or damaged tooth. This restorative dental treatment is quick and easy and gives you back both the appearance and the function of a tooth that was previously damaged.

Dental fillings are used to refill the empty space left in your tooth where the decayed portion of a tooth was removed. This restorative treatment allows a dentist to repair moderate or minor damage to a tooth. A good dental center will offer you the latest variants of fillings that will last and give you a natural-looking effect and restore the look of your teeth.

WHAT ARE FILLINGS?

Fillings can be made of a variety of materials ranging from gold or silver amalgam to the more natural looking porcelain, or composite resin. Each has its advantages and shortcomings and your dentist will be able to recommend a good choice for you. Silver amalgam fillings are relatively inexpensive and are strong. Composite fillings and porcelain fillings match the color of your teeth better. Gold is durable. Find out more about each option and decide on what you’d prefer. Some options are more discreet, some are more durable, and others less expensive. It comes down to a personal choice.

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THE FREQUENCY OF CAVITIES

If you’ve got a cavity or two, you’re not alone.

Many adults develop at least one cavity during their lifetime. Research has shown that 92% of adults age 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. The important thing is to get your tooth cleaned up, the decay removed, and a good quality filling put in as early as possible. When you experience tooth decay or have a cavity, unless the rotten part of the tooth is removed, it can cause infection or result in greater tooth loss, even spreading to neighboring teeth. A filling doubles up as protection for what would otherwise have been an exposed tooth, which being damaged, is already more prone to further infection or decay.

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WHY MIGHT I NEED FILLINGS?

The other reason people get fillings is when they have broken or chipped a part of their tooth and need to restore the original look and function. You may need fillings if you have teeth that have been worn down from teeth grinding or bad habits like persistent nail biting. Cracked teeth can also benefit from fillings.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING FILLINGS

When you go to get fillings done, the dentist will first do a quick dental exam to check the extent of decay or damage. He or she will then carefully remove any decayed or damaged portion of your tooth and clean it up. The dentist will then examine the tooth again to see if all decay or damage has been removed.

FINAL STEPS

The filling material of your choice is then used to fill up the gap and shaped to match the natural contours of your original tooth. It is then hardened using a special light to make it strong and long-lasting. Finally, the dentist polishes the tooth trimming off any excess bits and checking that it is comfortable for you.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL FILLINGS

CATCHING THE PROBLEM IN TIME

Tooth decay and broken teeth are easy to ignore until they start to cause bigger problems for you. If you spot the early signs of tooth decay or have damaged teeth, it is important you visit your team at Somi Dental Group and have it attended to as soon as possible. Fillings can help protect your tooth from further problems after any unhealthy parts have been removed, so be sure to make the time to get this done.

DENTAL CARE YOU CAN TRUST

The Somi Dental Group in South Miami, Florida is a trusted name in the area, with its experienced team led by Dr. Arnaldo Lopez and a state-of-the-art facility housing all the latest in dental technology. Call (305) 239-9273 to book an appointment or find out more about how the team can help you. If you’d like to visit for a consultation right away, head to the center at 5966 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 312, South Miami, Florida, 33143. Somi Dental Group offers a range of options in fillings, as well as other cosmetic and specialized endodontic services including Invisalign, root canal procedures, porcelain inlays and onlays, smile makeovers, and more.