Fillings and Repairs
Why you may need them and how they are performed.
Let’s talk about Tooth Fillings first
Tooth Filling Material
There are several different types of tooth filling materials. Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), or tooth-colored, plastic, and materials called composite resin fillings. There is also a material that contains glass particles and it is called glass ionomer. This type of material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings.
The location and the extent of your decay plays a key factor in the type of material used to fill your teeth. Your Insurance will also help determine this as well as Dr. Riddle’s recommendations.
Advances in dental materials and techniques offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural looking smiles.
Call our office today at (573) 264-2020 to schedule your appointment to have your old fillings replaced with beautiful, new tooth colored fillings.
You might want to consider replacing your old fillings for more than cosmetic reasons though.
BEFORE and AFTER
Clinical research has not been conclusive in proving that silver mercury fillings are harmful to your health (regarding mercury leeching), in our experience we have seen a lot of problems that occur underneath these old fillings. These are problems that are not easily observed from the surface or with X-Rays. The problem is with decay getting under the fillings and cracks in the teeth.
YOUR NEW TOOTH FILLING OR FILLING REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE
WHAT HAPPENS FIRST?
- You’ll be placed in the dental chair and made comfortable
- A swab with numbing gel will be placed on the location to receive the injection
- Once numb, you will be given an injection
- Now you can relax!
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- Tooth decay will be removed.
- Air or water may be used to help removed the loosened particles.
- If you are receiving a composite resin filling, a wedge will be placed between the 2 adjacent teeth and then a blue gel will be applied to the damaged tooth. This gel creates very tiny holes in the tooth which allows the composite resin to bond to the tooth.
- Your tooth will then be rinsed, dried, and a tiny bit of priming and bonding agent will be brushed onto your tooth.
- Composite resin will be placed inside your tooth.
- A blue light will then be used on the tooth to harden it.
- Next you will be asked to bite down on carbon paper to make sure your filling is not too high.
Congratulations, you’re all done!
HOW TO PREVENT CAVITIES
Now that your pearly whites are back in shape you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them that way.
But what can you do?
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
- Brush and Floss twice daily
- Use a Fluoride toothpaste