Repairing And Fixing
Teeth Fillings in Albuquerque
When teeth are damaged through decay, fillings are used to restore their normal, healthy functioning. Our team at Jack Ollason Family Dentistry, located in sunny Albuquerque, will consider a variety of factors, such as the location and the extent of the damage, when examining your teeth before opting for the best type of filling for your circumstances.
A Little Bit About Teeth Fillings
A variety of materials can be used to fill cavities. These include gold, porcelain, an amalgam, or a composite resin. The most appropriate type of filling for you will be considered by our lead dentists after inspection and with consideration for the patient's allergies to certain materials and price range.
- Composite resins match the color of the patient's teeth and therefore appear more natural. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly on the teeth, lasting from three to 10 years.
- An amalgam is an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, and sometimes zinc. While they are resistant to wearing, their dark color makes them more visible.
- Gold fillings, the more expensive choice, are made to order before being cemented into place. They are the preferred choice of many dentists, as they can last up to 20 years.
- Porcelain fillings, often called inlays or onlays, are produced in a lab. They are bonded to the tooth, usually covering the majority of the area, and typically last as long as gold fillings.
In some cases, teeth partials may be recommended by our team. When the decay advances to an unmanageable degree, the tooth may fall out or need to be removed. Partial dentures act to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, keeping the bite in tact and allowing patients to eat and speak more comfortably. The replacement teeth are attached to an acrylic base matching the color of the gums. A clasp attaches the partial to the surrounding natural teeth.
How to Treat Teeth Fillings
After one of our dentist's discovers that a tooth is in decay due to the buildup of plaque, bacteria, and/or tartar, he or she will first begin to remove the decayed material from the outside of the tooth. The affected areas are meticulously cleaned. Before proceeding, the cavity is filled with a filling material, sealing off the space where bacteria could potentially enter.
For most fillings, unless they are very shallow, the patient will need a local anesthetic. Our dentist will dry part of your mouth with air and cotton, before swabbing the area with a gel numbing agent. He or she will then inject a local anesthetic into the gum tissue around the tooth to numb any pain or discomfort that the patient might experience during the procedure.
Once the area has been numbed, the dentist will drill through the enamel and remove any decay and debris. The area is then shaped by the dentist in order to prepare it for the filling. If the type of filling being used requires bonding, the dentist will etch the tooth using a gel before placing the filling inside. Resin fillings, on the other hand, are applied through the dentist applying layers of the resin to the area before hardening and strengthening it using a bright light. Once the filling has been placed, the dentist will polish the tooth to complete the procedure.