Fillings are composite material used to fill the cavities after proper removal of the decay. Cleaning the decay is the first step in treating the cavities. After cleaning the cavity, compound materials are used to fill cavity and the filling is molded to the tooth structure.
Most of the compounds holds on to tooth, it does not stick on the surface. Hence, your dentist will make the necessary cavities to increase the holding surface for the compound. Preparation of the cavity is an essential part of the healthy filling. After the cavity is filled with the compound, original tooth structure is molded with care. Fillings, properly applied, will prevent bacteria to harm the tooth any further.
Only your dentist will decide if you need a filling or not. Your dentist will carefully inspect each tooth with the help of a small mirror. Your dentist will exam any problem area in detail with other special tools. Sometimes, an x-ray will be helpful to see the inner problems. Your dentist might request full or partial x-rays taken. Depending on the severity of the problems, your dentist will decide on the treatment.
Location of the cavity is a factor on deciding the material to be used. Each material have different strengths and esthetical specifications. On the rear teeth, strong material is preferred but in front teeth there are more esthetical considerations.
After two hours you can go back to your normal life. If it is your first filling, it will take some time for your tongue to adjust to the change. Some people might feel dizziness for a short time. Other than that filling will not cause any pain.
If you have decay in your teeth, you should get treatment immediately. Otherwise you will face the risk of losing your teeth or you might have infection problems. Fillings are quick and painless, not to mention economical compared to other treatments. If you don’t take the immediate treatment, you will end up needing longer, more complicated treatment.