Who Should Avoid Undergoing Tooth Filling?
Tooth filling is for individuals who have identified a cavity in their tooth before it has reached the nerve of the tooth. In such a case, the cavity can be thoroughly removed and replaced with a filling. However, the cavities that have reached the nerve of the tooth need to be treated using techniques other than a simple tooth filling, such as a root canal. Such individuals, whose cavities have reached the nerves, are not ideal candidates for tooth filling. For them, it is ineffective procedure.
In addition, individuals who wish to repair excessive wear and tear of the teeth should not rely on fillings. There are other restorative options such as crowns, bridges, and dentures that will work more effectively than tooth fillings.
What Are The Alternatives To Tooth Filling?
The most common treatment for a cavity is a tooth filling, which involves drilling a hole in the decayed tooth and filling it with silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or a composite resin. Another alternative to tooth filling is using dental crowns, in which the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and replaced by a crown made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. This procedure is often opted when the decay is excessive.
In a case where the root or pulp of the tooth is dead, a root canal is performed where the tissue, nerve and blood vessels are removed in addition to the decayed tooth.
Recent advancements have developed a new tooth rebuilding mechanism which treats tooth decay without drilling or injections. This procedure, known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) aims at accelerating the movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth. However, this treatment is relatively new and has not been widely commercialised yet.
Does Tooth Filling Lead To Scarring?
There is no scarring associated with getting fillings.
However, your dentist must also screen you for other conditions like sleep apnea, jaw-related pain called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, periodontal disease, oral cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
What Are The Temporary Side-Effects Of Tooth Filling?
There can be a few complications from dental fillings, but they are not severe in nature and can easily be dealt with.
Sensitivity to hot and cold food
Solution: Avoid eating food with extreme temperature until your mouth adjusts to the filling
Pain while biting
Solution: Avoid biting and chewing unnecessarily. Eat soft food, like oatmeal or mashed potatoes until the pain resides. It takes between 1-3 weeks until you will get completely comfortable with the filling.
Silver amalgam’s possible risks; sensitivity and tooth ache
Solution: Since no conclusive results prove that the sensitivity and toothache are particularly caused by mercury filling, there isn’t a definite solution for the same. However it is best to consult your surgeon about the use of silver amalgam filling to avoid the possibility of complications.
How To Choose A Surgeon For A Tooth Filling Procedure?
To choose the right surgeon, start by going online and looking at all possible options. Once you have exhausted researching on all possible options of hospitals, get in touch with the shortlisted hospitals’ doctors. Evaluate the doctor's capabilities by asking him/her a number of relevant options, such as:
What is their medical background?
What is the step by step process for treatment?
How to ensure best post-procedure care?
Which material to choose as a filler?
The above question will solve two purposes. You will gain a practical knowledge of the procedure and you will be able to choose the appropriate doctor. The doctor should possess expertise in drilling (so as to not drill the health tissues of the teeth) as well as recommending a filling appropriate to you ( consider your past procedures in dentistry and possible allergic reactions to certain fillings, etc)
If the surgeon isn’t qualified enough, the procedure can have some unwanted complications, such as: