When a filling is done, the dentist will remove the decayed area of the tooth, will clean around. Then, fill the area that has been removed with a special material that will restore the shape and integrity of the tooth.
Gold fillings used in dental clinics are made in a laboratory and then cemented into place by the dentist. Gold is considered by many as the best, but it is also the most expensive and the patient will need to visit the dentist several times before the filling is complete.
Silver fillings are less expensive than gold materials and can be very resistant to wear. Because its color is dark, it is easier to notice them, so not recommended for visible areas of the mouth, especially on the front teeth.
Filled compounds are a common type of material that matches the color of the teeth. The composite material constituting the filler is mixed and applied directly into the cavity, where it hardens. In recent years, the compound is not recommended for large cavities or areas splinter.
The last type of filling is porcelain. Porcelain is very common, occurring in laboratories, which are perfectly suited to the characteristics of the patient’s teeth and then applied to the affected tooth. The biggest advantage of porcelain fillings is that matches the color of the patient’s teeth, and is resistant to all types of stains. The cost of porcelain fillings can be very high; some even cost more than gold fillings.
In case when the decay or even crack damage has achieved a tooth surface, it is possible that a crown or cap is needed. The dentist decides, he can fill the tooth, to withdraw from the cavity then fill the hole with a material above.
Depending on the insurance of each patient and what you can afford, everyone can decide which filling choose. In most cases the porcelain or composite fillers are recommended.
Note that only a dentist can make the decision regarding fillings. When you visit the dentist for regular check-up, will examine your mouth with the help of the instruments. If you find any cavities, usually will recommend a filling. You will not feel anything because your dentist will numb the area to be filled.