Why do we need a tooth filling and what are the risks involved

Why do we need a tooth filling and what are the risks involved
September 30th, 2016 | Blog | 1 Comment

When your dentists treats your cavities, she uses a filling to repair the damaged area. Most dentists will give you a choice to use either silver fillings of composite base fillings. While silver fillings are cheaper and longer lasting then their counterparts, composite based fillings are the preferred since they blend with natural teeth.

Why tooth filling?

Over half the population in the U.S suffer from at least one cavity in their lifetime, and most of them have their teeth restored with a dental filling. A cavity is treated in 2 steps. First, the dentist cleans and disinfects the afflicted area, removing any trace of bacteria or damage. Then the dentist has to seal the fissure in other leakages or further infections. That when tooth fillings come into play.

What are the benefits of tooth fillings

One of greatest benefits of tooth fillings is that is non-invasive; you won´t have to replace your teeth nor is surgery required.

It´s a very quick procedure which is done right after the cavity is treated; you get your fillings in one single visit.

Fillings are a long-lasting solution, you won´t have to worry about them for a long time. Your dentist will tell you if a fillings needs to be replaced.

Fillings are also very affordable, in fact, they are usually part of the cavity treatment.

What are the risks of tooth fillings

Tooth fillings are one of the safest treatments in dentistry; they are not life-threatening and the procedure is absolutely painless. Even though, there are some complications related with fillings:

  • Some patients report mild to moderate sensitivity after the procedure, the goods news is that this is temporary at best, and it should last from 48 to 72 hours.
  • A filling is going to need replacement sooner or later; as you use your teeth in your daily routine, the filling materials degrades over time, most dentists replace composite fillings every 5 or 7 years, and silver fillings every 12 years.
  • If the dentist did´t disinfect the area, or if he wasn’t thorough; bacteria can will keep damaging the tooth even with a filling in place. If left unchecked the bacteria will infect the root, in which case you will need a root canal.
  • Silver fillings have an additional risk, temperature changes will expand or contract the fillings, this in some case will weaken the tooth, and raise the risk of a crack or fissure.

1 Comment

  1. Lillian Schaeffer - November 10, 2016

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that composite fillings need to be replaced more frequently than silver ones. I have a cavity that I need to fill, but it’s towards the front of my mouth, so I want it to blend in to my tooth. Even though it will likely have to be replaced sooner, I’ll definitely look into getting a composite one for cosmetic reasons. Thanks for the great post!