The filling is placed to cover a small defect in a healthy tooth structure. Usually this small defect may appear in a tooth due to a tooth decay, abfractions or a small chips due to a trauma. When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, silver amalgam fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite material that can be match to existing tooth color to blend well. The composite material consists of a resin filled with a ground porcelain. The advantages of a composite material over silver amalgam is reduced heat conductivity, reduced heat expansion, and attractive appearance. Composite fillings (or "bondings") are very strong and if placed properly should last for years.
Most of the PPO insurance plans cover composite fillings and will pay at the rate of 80% of their fee schedule.
What to expect when getting the fillings done? The dentist will get the the area numb prior to working on your tooth so you don't encounter any sensitivity. The decayed part of the tooth would then get cleaned out so the tooth decay will not progress later. After the filling is selected to match your tooth shade and placed in the tooth it is cured with the special light and is adjusted to your bite. The filling is hardened the moment it is placed and you can eat as soon as the numbness wears off.
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