Back in the day, when you needed a filling complete you would go to the dentist, and they would fill them with metal composite. Open your mouth too wide and everyone would see your metal fillings.
Not anymore. Today, there is a better option that hides your filings using natural composite that matches the color of your teeth, so everything blends smoothly.
What is a filling?
A filling is used by family dentistry professionals to fix a cavity. When you get a cavity, your local dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and a hole will be left.
That hole then needs to be filled which is where the term ‘filling’ came from. Once the hole is filled, you’ll be able to resume normal chewing activity without pain.
What is the filling process?
The process is quick, and you’ll be able to resume normal activities the same day. First, your family dentist will numb the area around your damaged tooth.
Then, they’ll remove the decay using a drill or laser. The device used is up to your family dentistry office and their normal procedure practices. Both tools will give the same result.
After your dentist has removed the decay, they’ll need to fill the hole, and they’ll do that by applying layers of the composite and then hardening it with a special light.
Is it necessary to replace your metal fillings?
In short, no it is not necessary, however, if you are self-conscience about your smile because of your metal fillings, it may be a good idea to have them switched to natural composite.
Another reason you could replace your metal fillings is if your dentist notices they are eroding and need to be refilled. This would be the perfect time to get all your metal fillings switched to natural composite, so your smile is uniform.