For many of us, dental fillings for a common part of our childhood. Going to the dentist knowing that you were going to get a cavity fixed may have been scary or comforting, depending on your level of dental anxiety. For some of us, being prone to cavities is out of our control. For that reason, it’s best that our patients stay well-educated on one of the most common reasons for you all to walk through our doors. In the following article, we will discuss everything you need to know about dental fillings.
Many patients allow themselves to believe that there’s a reason to be scared and have anxiety towards this very common procedure. As it is common, and necessary, there are plenty of reasons to not fear it. Let’s talk about why.
As part of being a human, we all eat and can sometimes indulge in a piece of candy here and there. The food left over in our mouth throughout the day feeds bacteria. After the bacteria eat, they produce an acid that begins to corrode your teeth, and over time the acid creates a hole in your tooth which is known as a cavity. In order to prevent any further harm, it is imperative that dental professionals remove the bacteria, which leads to a dental filling.
There is not a one-size-fits-all dental filling. We all have options. These options stem from your circumstances, your needs, and your desires. Let’s take a look at some of these materials used.
Amalgam is made of metal and is one of the more traditional filling materials.
Composite is made of a composite resin, or plastic
Porcelain, obviously, is made of porcelain, and this material along with composite resin proves to be the filling material preferred across the board. This material provides natural-looking teeth and attractive appearance.
The best way to receive all of the information you need about dental fillings is obviously by visiting us at Richmond Dental in Richmond, VT. We would be more than happy to provide you with resources to not fear dental fillings. Give us a call today and schedule your very first appointment.