Routine dental filling treatments may seem like a dime a dozen. You go in for a typical dental check-up, Dr. Pitts finds out that you have a couple of cavities so he or she goes on to fill in that cavity. The procedure ensures that the cavity would have a chance to bury deeper into the tooth and cause damage to the pulp region. When there is pulp infection, that is when all pain breaks loose. The reason for this is because the pulp, which is the innermost layer of the tooth, houses all of the nerve endings and blood vessels which service every individual tooth.
How can cavities be treated?
The treatment of cavities rely on dental filling procedures. This type of procedure involves the use of a certain dental filling material in order to level the hole that is the cavity, and keep the bacteria from further causing the original hole to develop deeper into the tooth. A very important part of the procedure is the choice of dental filling material which is used to get rid of level up the cavity. Because filling materials have differing strengths, they are also used on different teeth.
When it comes to the dental filling materials, there are only two which are often used by dentists — dental amalgam and composite resin material.
Dental Amalgam. This material is a combination of certain metals in order to come up with a material that is malleable but, at the same time, highly durable. Compared to composite resin, amalgam is more durable and this is property of the material is the main reason for why it’s favored by dentists when it comes to treating molars. Molars are needed in chewing and grinding, and would, therefore, require a material that is strong enough to absorb all of the biting forces and resist wear and tear for a significantly long period of time.
Composite Resin. This material is safer compared to dental amalgam because it does not contain any metals. At the same time, it’s teeth-like color makes it great for aesthetically improving your teeth on top of getting rid of cavities. Composite resin material cannot be used on molars and are only isolated to use on the front teeth because of its lack of durability. Composite resin material can easily chip and will wear out faster compared to its dental amalgam counterpart, thereby limiting its application.
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