Dental fillings are a common dental procedure used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. If you have questions about dental fillings, you are not alone. In this blog, we will answer some frequently asked questions from our patients at Molldrem Family Dentistry.
What are dental fillings made of?
Dental fillings can be made from different materials, including amalgam, gold, ceramic, and composite resin.
Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. They are strong and durable and can last up to 15 years. However, they are less popular than other types of dental fillings due to concerns about the safety of mercury in dental amalgam.
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Gold fillings are made of gold alloy and are the most durable and long-lasting dental fillings, lasting up to 20 years or more. They are also expensive and not as aesthetically pleasing as other types of dental fillings.
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Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and are tooth-colored, making them a popular choice for people who want a natural-looking smile. They are also durable and can last up to 15 years. However, they are more expensive than amalgam fillings.
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How long do dental fillings last?
The longevity of dental fillings depends on several factors, including the type of filling, the location of the filling, and the oral hygiene practices of the individual. Gold fillings are the most durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of up to 20 years or more. Ceramic and amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years, while composite fillings can last up to 10 years.
Does getting a dental filling hurt?
Getting a dental filling should not be painful. Before the procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Some people may experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this should go away after a few days.
How do I take care of my dental fillings?
Taking care of your dental fillings is similar to taking care of your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash. Avoid chewing on hard objects or using your teeth to open bottles, as this can damage the filling.
Can I eat normally after getting a dental filling?
After getting a dental filling, you may experience some sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. This is normal and should go away after a few days. You can eat normally after getting a dental filling, but you should avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that can damage the filling.
Can dental fillings fall out?
Dental fillings can fall out if they become loose or damaged. This can happen if you chew on hard objects or use your teeth to open bottles. If your dental filling falls out, contact your dentist immediately. They can replace the filling and prevent further damage to the tooth.
Understanding the different types of dental fillings available and how to properly care for them can help you maintain good oral health and avoid further dental problems. At Molldrem Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality composite dental fillings that are durable, natural-looking, and long-lasting. If you have any questions or concerns about dental fillings, contact us today at (952) 974-5116 or Schedule online. Our team of experienced and compassionate dentists are here to provide you with the information and care you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong.