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In the event that you have a cavity in one or several teeth or a broken filling, you will need to treat and repair this or those teeth for you. The most common filling material used is a type of plastic material that is referred to as composite. Sometimes gold or porcelain can be used as a filling, but this is a very rare occurrence.
At Tandestetik Stockholm, we usually use tooth fillings to fill a tooth cavity. However, tooth fillings can also be used to treat or repair damage that can occur to your teeth if they suffer from damage due to teeth grinding (bruxism) or alternatively, replace part of a broken tooth.
Tandestetik Stockholm dental filling procedures most often consist of the following phases:
- We carefully administer a topical anesthetic to numb the treated area to ensure the procedure is pain-free.
- We remove the decay from the affected tooth or teeth thus preparing the damaged area for the filling process.
- We restore the tooth or teeth using a composite or amalgam filling thus protecting you from more complicated and painful conditions that would ultimately result in root canal treatment or loss of a tooth.
- We end the procedure by performing a bite check to ensure your teeth are comfortably aligned.
For Tandestetik Stockholm, filling cavities is generally a simple process that usually does not incur any complications. Consequently, it is done on the spot while visiting us at the clinic.
What to expect during a tooth cavity filling at Tandestetik Stockholm?
Based on our experience with thousands of patients, a cavity filling treatment usually takes approximately one hour. This gives us sufficient time to take the mandatory x-rays required by law in Sweden, as well as provide you with a detailed explanation of the procedure you will be undergoing with us. Once the explanation of the procedure is provided, we proceed with the dental work you will require.
Prior to filling any cavity, we carefully numb your teeth, gums and surrounding skin to avoid any pain or discomfort. Although some pain can occur, we keep it to a minimum, while undertaking the procedure. Should you require additional anaesthetics, we administer the extra dose to ensure your comfort. Once the anaesthetics take effect, We remove the decay that is located in the tooth preparing it for the final phases of the procedure which is to replace the decay with a filling. This process will usually require only a few minutes.
Following the treatment, your mouth will most likely feel numb for up to a few hours. There are no substantial risks associated with this process, however, keep Tandestetik Stockholm’s contact information handy for any questions you might have or, very rarely, eventual complications.
Types of cavity fillings at our disposal to best treat you
There are several options available at Tandestetik Stockholm for treating your tooth cavities. Each one of the options our clinic offers presents distinct advantages and disadvantages. Common types of tooth fillings include gold, silver amalgam, tooth-coloured composite material, porcelain, and a special type of glass. The choice of preferred tooth filling option can depend on cost, what is potentially covered by your insurance, as well as your aesthetic preferences.
The filling materials we use for cavities also vary in strength and color. The two most common types we use are amalgam and composite.
- Amalgam Fillings:Amalgam has been used by dentists for over a hundred years and is by far the material used for cavities that has benefitted from the most in-depth research. They are robust and as a result, they are ideal for filling cavities for your rear teeth such as your molars that are subjected to increased stress when you chew your food. Since they combine several metallic elements, one of the downsides of this type of filling is the fact that it can be noticed when you laugh or smile. This type of filling is among the least expensive of all cavity-filling materials available to you.
- Composite Fillings:This type of filling is also known as a composite or filled resin. These filling materials combine a glass or quartz filler. Their great advantage is that they can be primed to match the color of the tooth suffering from a cavity. Composite fillings are durable and are ideal for small or mid-sized tooth restorations and especially suited for those areas of your mouth that are subject to moderate chewing.
- Metals:Gold or silver amalgams are common metals used for a cavity filling but gold fillings for instance, will usually cost around ten times more than its silver equivalent. Yet, some patients prefer the appearance of gold to silver if they want to enjoy the durability of metal as opposed to relying on a less-durable composite material. The downside of gold or silver fillings is that the appearance of metal fillings feels uncomfortable in terms of aesthetics. The clear advantage of a metal filling is durability. They can last as long as 10-15 years before any potential need for replacement.
- Ceramic:A ceramic cavity filling generally made of porcelain, is colored to seamlessly match your tooth, and will most likely not show an tooth stains over time. This solution’s advantages will not be available with a composite cavity filling. Its disadvantage is the price tag. It is far more expensive and can get close to the price of a gold cavity filling.
Glass Ionomer: A blend of acrylic and glass is used to create a cavity filling that releases fluoride to help protect teeth. The disadvantage is that a glass ionomer cavity filling has proven to be less durable than other types of cavity fillings and suffers from a short lifespan that can be as low as five years.
Taking care of your cavity fillings
Based on the experience acquired with thousands of patients, we have witnessed on some occasions, patients experiencing a degree of sensitivity or pain following a tooth filling procedure. However, this type of discomfort subsides quite rapidly. Tandestetik Stockholm’s advice is to keep up your rigorous oral care routine as well as use quality dental products designed specifically to protect sensitive teeth as well as provide protection against any potential future tooth decay. Contact Tandestetik Stockholm for best practice oral hygiene routines you should follow to ensure long-lasting oral health.
When is it necessary to replace a cavity filling?
In our experience, tooth fillings generally last many years prior to requiring a replacement or a corrective procedure. The reason why tooth filling require replacement is quite straightforward: tooth fillings wear out after years of chewing on your food every day, 365 days a year.
Should you clench or grind your teeth, you could find yourself needing to replace your fillings even sooner. Should you experience cracks or worn areas in your tooth filling, you should contact Tandestetik Stockholm to replace or repair the damaged filling as soon as you can.
What we have witnessed many times with our patients is that when you continue chewing on a damaged filling, there is a greatly increased risk that your tooth could crack and therefore require more repair work. This will likely lead to a costlier procedure and will generally be more complicated than a standard cavity filling.
In the event that additional tooth decay develops around a filling, regardless of potential damage, Tandestetik Stockholm can advise to repair a tooth showing signs of decay with a crown instead of compiling a problem with yet another cavity filling.
Other potential problems with cavity fillings
Your oral health and general well-being will benefit from your awareness of some of the potential problems associated with cavity fillings and by contacting Tandestetik Stockholm to have your cavity fillings adjusted or repaired.
Possible complications from cavity fillings:
- Infection:The occurrence of a cavity filling will pull away from the tooth to which it is attached is always a possibility. This will result in the creation of a small space, which in turn will creates a breeding ground for bacteria that will invariably lead to additional tooth decay. If this happens, contact Tandestetik Stockholm.
- Damage: A cavity filling can break, crack, or fall out. This can occur when you bite on something hard or if you are hit in the mouth for whatever reason. If such damage occurs, contact your dentist as soon as you notice damage to avoid irritation and/or infection of the unprotected tooth.