Dental fillings in Miami
PRESERVING FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE
Broken or chipped tooth are not only an aesthetic problem but can attract bacterial growth leading to decay and tooth loss.
Dental fillings are the ideal way to preserve the function and aesthetics of damaged tooth that helps prevent decay. The procedure usually involves removing the decay, cleaning the area, and using the filling material to fill up the cavity.
At Amaya Dental, our dental professionals are well versed at using wide ranging filling materials and techniques to restore damaged teeth to its original glory.
WHY ARE FILLINGS NEEDED?
There are many reasons why fillings are needed.
Cavities, a broken or chipped tooth or worn down teeth are some of the most common reasons why fillings are used. Your teeth can get cracked or broken due to:
- An accident or trauma to the mouth such as while playing contact sports, boxing or other adventure activities
- Grinding of teeth
- Uneven chewing pressure that can happen when a nearby tooth is lost
wear and tear resulting in loss of dental structure
- Damaged tooth enamel
SIGNS OF CRACKED TEETH
Many times there are no symptoms of cracked teeth and cracks are only noticed by dentists during a routine dental exam or during routine professional cleaning. This is one of the reasons why we at Amaya Dental advise on regular professional cleaning and dental check-ups that are effective in preventing serious dental problems. Some signs you can watch out for include:
- Sharp pain that occurs during biting or chewing
- Intermittent pain
- Feeling something is sticking in-between your teeth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
At Amaya Dental, we specialize in providing the utmost comfort to our patients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The procedure for a dental filling may take anywhere from a few minutes to less than an hour. After initial evaluation with X-rays, imaging and review of medical history, our dental experts begin by numbing the area with a topical anesthetic. Next, the decay is drilled out and the required filling is put in.
No one type of filling is best for everyone. What is right for you will be determined by the degree of repair needed to treat the extent of damage caused by decay.
TYPES OF DENTAL FILLINGS
Amalgam Fillings: Amalgam is a century-old material that has been used by dental professionals across the world. These fillings are strong and ideal for cavities located at the back of mouth as in molars which are used for chewing.
Ceramic: Porcelain is the usual material used in ceramic fillings. These are well masked as they are close to the natural teeth color. Porcelain is also stain resistant as compared to composite fillings.
Composite Fillings: These use a combination of quartz and glass and are designed to match the tooth’s natural color.
Glass Ionomer: This filling is a mix of glass and acrylic that also releases fluoride to protect teeth.
If you are confused about which filling is right for you, our dental specialists at Amaya Dental will guide you on the type of filling that is perfectly suited for your condition and tooth type.