Dental fillings are one of the most basic treatments used to improve the health and beauty of teeth that have been compromised by decay, cracks, fractures, chips or are simply worn down. Such teeth are prepared by removing decayed or affected portions, and then filled with a strong dental material to restore their original size and proportions.
There are many filling materials available, each having its advantages and disadvantages. Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, or the two most widely-used options: composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings – often simply called amalgam.
Although silver fillings have been used in dentistry for over 100 years, health concerns have been raised due to its mercury content. Dr. Viral avoids using amalgam for his patients. In fact, the doctor often himself recommends– the replacement of these older silver fillings with newer, tooth-colored material.
Typically, the doctor will use dental composite for fillings. These are insoluble, insensitive to dehydration, easy to manipulate and best of all, can be closely matched to your existing color of your teeth. They are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
You’ll be happy to know that Dr. Viral is dedicated in getting a filling both fast and pain-free. Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.
Dr. Viral will check if the newly restructured tooth is of the right size and fits perfectly with your existing bite.
Once the damaged or worn tooth has been filled, the majority of patients experience no further effects. Some patients may however, feel sensitivity after a dental filling to air, sweet foods, pressure or cold. If this does occur, it is typically short term; however the doctor encourages his patients to visit a clinic if they have any concerns. Composite fillings are highly durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.