When you have a cavity, it can make your mouth a breeding ground for bacteria that causes tooth decay. A dental filling can be used to fill a cavity and prevent bacteria from spreading. It can help to even out the tooth surface and improve its function for biting and chewing.
Porcelain material is commonly used for dental filling because it’s durable and can enhance the tooth appearance. If you are considering porcelain fillings, you may want to first understand how the procedure works.
The procedure for porcelain dental fillings first starts with an inspection. Your dentist will inspect your teeth to determine the best course of action for your cavity issue. The dentist will use dental probes to examine those areas with cavities. This will help the dentist determine if porcelain material is suitable for filling and sealing a cavity to prevent further tooth damage.
If you’re the right candidate for porcelain fillings, your dentist will proceed by preparing the damaged or decayed tooth and its surrounding areas for restoration. A laser or a dental handpiece is used to remove the defective parts of the tooth. The area is then thoroughly cleaned using acid gel to remove any remaining debris or bacteria. The porcelain material is then applied to fill the cavity and restore the part of your tooth that was destroyed due to decay.
During the filling process, the dentist will choose the shade of the porcelain material that matches your natural teeth and mold it to match the natural shape of your tooth. Follow-up appointments may be required for regular professional cleanings and to check the progress of your tooth after the filling.
There are many benefits in choosing porcelain fillings to treat cavities. Here are the top three benefits you can anticipate.
Strength and Durability
Porcelain material is chemically stable and provides the same kind of strength as your natural tooth enamel. The material is resistant to everyday wear and tear and won’t break easily. This keeps your tooth strong and durable.
One of the best benefits that porcelain fillings have to offer is aesthetics. This gives a beautiful shine, and the shade of the material can be adjusted to merge with your natural tooth color.
Silver fillings are usually composed of silver, copper, zinc, tin and mercury. While the rest of the metal may not be so hazardous, mercury is a toxic, heavy metal that can cause allergies for some patients. Even though the amount of mercury in the amalgams may be very low, it is best to avoid exposure to this metal. Porcelain fillings are free from mercury, so they are the safer option for cavity fillings.
If you are looking for a safe and reliable treatment for cavities, Dr. Samuel E. Cress is here to help. We will work with you to examine your issues and determine the safest and most effective cavity treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.