How To Care For Your Dental Fillings

How To Care For Your Dental Fillings

Dental filling is a procedure for keeping your teeth healthy. Lets’ explore some more on why fillings are required and how to take care of them.

Taking care of the restoration needs good oral hygiene routine, which includes flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste and using an anti-bacterial mouthwash at least once a day. Caring for the restoration also needs you to visit the dentist for regular cleaning and general checkup.

It’s common to experience sensitivity to hot and cold beverages. One of the best things to do is continue practicing proper oral hygiene and if required avoid any foods and activities that increase the pain. You can use a desensitizing toothpaste for some relief.

Why Are Dental Fillings Necessary?

When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the open slot. It’s the most common use of dental restoration, but not the only one. They are also used for repairing the cracked or broken teeth and fixing worn out teeth.

Earlier, mercury was the only material used for filling purpose, but now there are various options such as silver amalgam, composite resin, glass ionomer, and gold. All of these materials play a crucial role in protecting patient’s teeth from further damage/ decay and help in creating a healthy oral environment.


The gold fillings last for 10 to 15 years or longer and they don’t corrode. They are the strongest restoration and withstand pressure from chewing easily. However, some patients won’t prefer gold because of the color.

Amalgam silver

These fillings are just as strong as gold and outlast composite fillings. In most cases, they are less expensive than tooth-colored composite options.

Tooth-colored composite

Most patients, these days prefer tooth-colored restorations as they are esthetically appealing and bonds well with the existing tooth structure. Also, less of existing tooth needs to be removed in this type of fillings.

Glass ionomer

They are much like the composite fillings
and have an added advantage of releasing fluoride for protecting the tooth from decay.

Schedule an appointment to get more clear idea regarding the restoration procedure.

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