Dental fillings: what are they? what can and cannot be done?

Dental fillings are one of the most commonly performed dental treatments. But… What are they exactly? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And what can and cannot be done with them?

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings consist of restoring tooth structure after a cavity or some type of fracture.

The affected tissue is removed with a turbine and/or handpiece, then a small cavity is made and finally sealed with phosphoric acid, a bonding agent and composite.

The objective of dental fillings is to restore the functionality and esthetics of the tooth so that it can chew and smile naturally again.

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What are the advantages of dental fillings?

  • Adheres perfectly to the tooth surface.
  • It acts quickly and simply.
  • Rehabilitates the tooth.
  • Restores oral functionality.
  • Maintains the previous aesthetics.

And what are the disadvantages?

  • May chip, break or peel after years of use. In that case, the treatment would have to be repeated. In general, it remains perfect until 10-15 years of age.
  • May cause tooth sensitivity for up to one month.
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What can you do after a filling?

  • Use dental floss and interproximal brushes for good oral hygiene.
  • Use mouthwashes and toothpastes with high fluoride content.
  • Eat soft, but not sticky foods after 30 minutes. It is also important to wait for the anesthesia to wear off completely to avoid bites or wounds since there is no sensitivity in the area.
  • Drink after the initial half hour.

What can you NOT do after a filling?

  • Smoking
  • Eating hard or sticky foods during the first few hours.
  • Eat or drink during the first 30 minutes.
  • Drinking beverages or foods that stain during the first 24 hours, such as wine, tea, ketchup, etc.
  • Also avoid foods or beverages at extreme temperatures, because during the first hours there may be greater sensitivity.
  • Avoid chewing with the affected tooth for the first six to eight hours to promote full recovery after treatment.

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