Cavities can be a huge concern as they leave a displeasing appearance on the smile and put the teeth at risk. Cavities are most often caused by the accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth' surface that releases harmful acids. This gradually erodes the enamel and leaves hole-like pits on the tooth's surface, filled with harmful microbes and decayed matter.
For many years now, fillings are being used to restore teeth that are affected by cavities. A few years ago, metals such as gold, silver, and amalgam were used as fillings. However, due to their drawbacks, most dental practices have stopped their usage, and instead, mercury-free, cosmetic dental fillings are being preferred.
As the name suggests, fillings that are free of mercury (amalgam) are called mercury-free fillings. They are most often made from ceramic or composite, so they are referred to as tooth-colored fillings. Their appearance can be perfectly mimicked with the natural enamel, making them indistinguishable when applied to the cavity. Moreover, they aren't toxic to the human body, as in the case of amalgam fillings.
During the initial visit, the dentist would visually screen the mouth to check for cavities and determine their severity. Based on a few affecting factors, the candidacy for the fillings will be decided. The decay will be removed from the tooth, and the walls of the cavity will be scrubbed thoroughly to remove the microbes. The debris will be washed away using a jet of water.
A rubber dam will be placed on the teeth to prevent the intervention of saliva with the procedure. The color of the filling will be matched with the enamel and kept aside. An etching solution will be applied to the cavity to roughen it. The filling will be applied and shaped according to the contour required, after which a curing light is used to harden it. After a bite test, the filling may be trimmed to offer perfect fit and comfort. Finally, it will be polished to enhance its aesthetics.
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