Answering most often asked questions about teeth filling options
Types of teeth fillings.
Now that we have talked about why you want to pay attention to teeth fillings, and why it is better that the alternatives, there are many questions asked about different kinds of fillings, color and more.
Most teeth fillings today use a ‘composite resin’ and is matched to the color of the teeth. Most people have no desire to have a tooth, or filling a different color than the rest of their teeth! (At least not yet!)
Old school methods of dental amalgam are in disuse due to concerns about mercury content.
If a filling is too large for composite use, a dentist might have to resort to ceramic or porcelain crowns to cover the whole tooth. This would be a tooth restoration but would still be the color to match existing teeth.
Some people ask if they should replace their amalgam fillings. Usually, unless there are valid reasons it is best to leave these fillings in place. Removal can make the tooth weaker, or possibly irritate nerves so it is best left alone.
Issues that might change a dentists mind would include evidence of decay under old fillings, cracks in the tooth or cosmetic issues. Speak to your dentist about it.
Many ask how long a filling lasts. Of course the answer is – depends!
It depends on the same things normal teeth need to stay healthy. Low sugar diets, great tooth care (brushing and flossing), staying away from things that harm teeth like ice and hard candy, and no bad habits like teeth grinding or clenching, and nail biting.
Of course it also depends on how well the dentist placed the filling! Normally a good filling, well placed, and taken care of should last a minimum of 5-10 years and possibly much longer.
Alternatively, a great filling treated to bad management and bad habits will last about as long as a badly placed filling! Take care of your teeth.
If your filling is recently completely and still sensitive, give it a few days. Your tooth has just been drilled into and otherwise worked over so is in a recovery mode. It will take a bit of time to recover although most people report no issues whatsoever.
If your filling stays sensitive contact your dentist just o be sure nothing is wrong. If it is your old filling that is sensitive – you should understand by now this is a warning to see your dentist quickly as there are issues to be solved! Pain means decay under the filling, a failing fitting or something else and the sooner you get it looked at the less headache and cost you will incur.
The most important thing to remember from these articles on teeth fillings is that fillings are a minor procedure used to stop gum and tooth disease before it gets to be major.