Cavities usually occur on the occlusal grooves present on the molars and premolars and result from the accumulation of microbes and food residues. They can also be seen near the gum line or the rear teeth resulting from the tartar deposits that get accumulated near these areas. If you spot the onset of cavities or notice any of its symptoms, restore them using fillings as fast as possible to keep them from growing wider and deeper.
What are fillings?
The best and easiest way to treat a cavity, fillings are made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin. Fillings are used to restore the teeth' strength, shape, aesthetics, and functionality by repairing the cracked or broken teeth.
Dental Filling thus helps to restore missing tooth structure which could have been caused as a result of decay or trauma. Decay makes tooth hollow. Dental Filling can help to fill this hole and save it from further decay. A dental filling is also used to restore broken, cracked tooth or worn teeth.
Earlier, metal fillings were the quick solution to treat cavities and were made from metals such as amalgam, silver, gold, etc. But, today, several dental filling materials are available; they can be made of gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper) or tooth-colored, plastic, etc. Fillings made of metals are less preferred now, especially for the front teeth, because of their color and immediate noticeability.
Advantages of fillings
- Tooth-colored fillings can mimic the exact appearance of the natural teeth.
- Dental fillings offer exceptional sealing properties, thus reducing the chances of reinfection.
- Dental fillings are highly durable and long-lasting.
- Fillings are easy to work with; they can be contoured as required and hardened using a curing light.
- Tooth-colored fillings are biocompatible, meaning they do not cause any adverse reactions to the teeth.