Dental filling is the restoration of decayed, broken, or cracked teeth with various materials. It is aimed to fulfill the functions of teeth that have lost substance. This method, which is applied before the decayed tissue progresses, prevents the loss of the tooth completely. The dental filling is applied to decayed, broken, or damaged teeth for any reason. Deformed teeth are regained their old appearance and function after treatment.
In which cases is dental filling done?
It is applied to teeth that have lost substance for various reasons, cannot fulfill the chewing function, do not look aesthetically pleasing, or are broken, cracked, or decayed as a result of trauma.
Making a dental filling
In the first stage, the remaining tooth tissue is made ready for filling. At this stage, if there is an old filling that needs to be removed, the remaining tooth tissue is cleaned from these. After this process, as a second step, the gap formed is filled by selecting the appropriate material according to the position of the tooth in the mouth, its function, aesthetic requirements, and the size of the filling. During these procedures, local anesthesia can be applied so that the patient does not feel pain. As a final step, the compatibility of the filling with other teeth is checked. If there is any excess that will disturb the patient, it is removed.
If the filling treatment was performed under anesthesia, food should not be eaten before the effect of anesthesia has passed. Eating before the anesthesia wears off may cause biting of the tongue or lips. The effect of anesthesia may last approximately 3 hours after the procedures are applied to the upper jaw, and up to approximately 4-5 hours in the lower jaw posterior group teeth. The duration of the anesthetic effect may differ from person to person.
Depending on the filling material used, the duration of eating after the procedure may vary. Physicians’ warnings should be taken into account in this regard.
After the filling process, pain and sensitivity that can last up to 12 hours in the treated tooth are considered normal. In this case, the patient can use the painkiller that the physician deems appropriate. If there is pain that lasts for 12 hours and gets worse, it is recommended to contact your doctor. Depending on the size of the tooth filling, that is, the proximity of the living tissue of the tooth, cold and hot sensitivity may occur, which can last up to 6 months.
Although it is not directly contagious, caries susceptibility can be contagious as a result of an interpersonal bacterial exchange with various conditions. For example, there are no caries-causing bacteria in the mouth of a newborn baby. However, parents can transmit bacteria through saliva while feeding or kissing the baby. For this reason, family members should not contact tools such as bottles and pacifiers with their mouths while feeding the baby.