For some reason, teeth may lose their function. The major reason for this is a tissue that is raised up. Decayed tissues are removed from the tooth that has lost its current function due to decay or tooth wear. And then, teeth are re-filled to regain their function and enhance its appearance. This process is called dental filling.
The loss of the existing functions of the teeth is a condition that happens over time. It happens due to the bacteria that are leftover from food and drink residues in the mouth forming acid. This acidic environment created by bacteria causes decay on the tooth surface and causes even the loss of teeth if precautions are not taken. Therefore, the dental filling helps to save the tooth depending on its condition.
If the decays are not treated with dental filling while they are on the tooth surface, they can reach the nerve of the tooth and cause great and unbearable pain and in the end, lead to tooth loss. Therefore, regular medical examinations are essential.
A tooth filling is a short process, although it may change depending on the current condition of the tooth. Firstly, after cleaning the decay on the tooth surface, a gap occurs. The filling material is used for filling the gap after cleaning.
The reason for filling instead of tooth extraction is that the root is still durable in the teeth to be filled. Therefore, tooth loss is not recommended and instead of this, the decayed parts are cleaned and the tooth is recovered. This treatment method, which is preferred by the dentist’s decision, can be applied not only to decaying teeth but also to broken and deformed teeth.
The dental filling is examined in two main categories as composite and amalgam filling.
Composite Filling: It is the most preferred method because of the sense of aesthetics since its color is close to the original tooth color. It is divided into three different methods:
Amalgam Filling: It is a method that is not preferred today and is frequently applied in old times. It is made by a filling material obtained by the mixture of multiple metals such as silver, zinc, copper, and mercury. It’s also long-lasting.
Your doctor will decide on the best types of filling materials that will suit you after the examination.