Dental Fillings Have Evolved Over the Years

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Dental Fillings are one of the most established procedures of modern day dentistry. Dental Fillings are used primarily as a way to stop the further decay of teeth from cavities. Usually, your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and fill it in with a filling. The type of filling use will vary but in general, that is where the name is derived from. Filings can also be used for other traditional dental treatments such as cracked teeth, worn down teeth from teeth grinding.

Completing the procedure involves a different skill set. The main part is removing the infected area.  The very first step, however, will involve numbing the area around the procedure since this is, after all, an invasive procedure. Even though nowadays the procedure, can be accomplished with lasers, traditionally it was accomplished with a drill but nowadays many dentists use what is called an air abrasion instrument that uses air to blast the decay away. The next step involves making sure that the area is clean of any residue or unforeseen decay that could be trapped. Another thing to consider is the location of the nerve in relation to the decay. If the decay was very close, there is the possibility that the nerve may be exposed at which time a composite will be used to insulate it from the filling and prevent further discomfort.

As far as the actual filling is concerned, nowadays there is a lot more options than there used to be in the past. Some of the most common materials include Gold, Porcelain, Silver Almagam and Composite Resin Fillings which look like tooth material. There is also glass-based material that contains glass particles and is known as Glass Ionomer. Dental Fillings are one of the earliest services in Dentistry, the general idea is the same however the tools and materials have evolved.