Among the wide variety of oral treatments that exist at our disposal, we can also find famous fillings. Sure we have all heard of fillings at some point, but do we know what they are, how they are applied, and what are their characteristics? We will explain everything in detail below.
What is a filling?
It is a dental technique that consists of repairing affected teeth, either due to mild cavities or moderate cavities. Carrying out a filling is a fairly simple procedure, which can be done under local anesthesia and does not usually take more than an hour. The objective is to fill the cavity resulting from caries with some type of material to promote chewing and dental occlusion.
How does it get?
The first step to take into account is to detect possible cavities that exist in our mouth. This is very important since the sooner it is detected, the less harmful it will be to our hygiene and oral health. It is best if the caries is detected before it has reached the pulp chamber.
After the important step of detection, the next steps to follow to correctly treat caries are local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel pain. After that, you should continue with the cleaning of the affected tissue, to be able to proceed with its reconstruction later. Next, you must proceed to filling or sealing: a step in which the professional fills the cavity that was previously damaged. Different materials can be used to fill this gap, such as composite, porcelain, etc. Finally, once the reconstruction of the tooth is finished, it must be polished so that the pieces fit together perfectly, as well as so that the client has a correct bite.
How long does it last?
It is known by many dental professionals that fillings, like any other treatment, eventually wear out. The truth is that the duration depends on each person, as well as each chewing or occlusion. The use of teeth causes wear over the years, but this can vary.
However, if a filling is properly placed and supported, it does not have to fall out. If the conditions are right, a good filling can last a long time, with a minimum of ten years. Despite this, it is advisable to go to the dentist to check it from time to time and thus not lose details of its evolution.
When is it NOT going to be possible to have a filling done?
There are certain situations in which it is not advisable to carry out this filling treatment:
-When there is damage to the anterior teeth caused by wear (as can happen with bruxism ).
-When the space in which the filling must be inserted is too small, since there is a greater risk of a larger dental fracture, as well as losing the new dental filling.
Care about a filling
The care that we must take after a filling is the same as that recommended after any other treatment:
– Brush your teeth at least three times a day, after each meal.
-Use a good paste dentifrice that is rich in fluorine to prevent corrosion of tooth enamel.
– Rinse your mouth after brushing.
-Use dental floss or interdental brushes to contribute to oral hygiene.
-Perform periodic check-ups at the dentist
-Avoid foods and drinks with an abundance of sugars.
How much does a filling cost on the grinding wheel?
The price varies depending on the needs: there are different sizes for fillings, depending on the size of the hole caused in the tooth itself. Therefore, the price changes according to the different needs of the client and the treatment. We strongly recommend going to our clinics to ask for a budget without any commitment.