Dental Fillings in Jerusalem

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“Filling” is the common name of a tooth reconstruction treatment, especially for ones harmed by tooth decay. Tooth fillings are mostly common among children and teenagers but could also occur later on in life. At Dr. Stela Heisler’s – Jerusalem Dental Clinic you can get tooth fillings and walk back home with a smile on your face.

What is a Dental Filling?

It is widely known that tooth decay is the most common dental disease caused by the acidity of germ accumulating over the tooth and all around it. As a result of the tooth decay, the tooth tissues start to slowly rot, and cavities start to evolve. In that case, it is standard to reconstruct the tooth with a dental filling.

Dental Filling Types and Materials

The most common material that was used until not too long ago is amalgam – a grey mixture of different metals. Amalgam is a sturdy, strong, and relatively cheap. But it has two major disadvantages. The first one is that it’s grey, which usually stands out comparing to the whitish-yellowish color of the tooth, and the second is that amalgam usually contains mercury, which is toxic.

At Dr. Heisler’s clinic, we do not use amalgam anymore. We perform white teeth fillings using a white filling material that does not contain mercury. This is slightly more expensive, but you can hardly tell if a tooth was treated when you use the white fillings – that’s how much it resembles the original tooth color.

How is a Tooth Filling Treatment Performed?

Before the filling is applied to the tooth, it has to be cleaned of tooth decay. To do that, the dentist uses a drill and manual tools to fully remove all tooth decay while using a device that pumps away all spit and other dirt to keep the area as clean as possible.

During the next stage, the filling material is inserted into the tooth. Some prior preparations might have to take place to stick the filling to the walls of the tooth, like sanding the tooth or adding some other materials. For instance, the no longer in use amalgam does not stick directly to the tooth and requires a mechanic holding to the tooth. Composite, on the other hand, links chemically to the tooth and therefore does not require any additional drilling.

The final stage is hardening and designing. Using a dedicated special light that speeds up the hardening process of the tooth while the dentist designs and polishes the final touches of the filling to make it look as natural as possible and make sure the filling does not interrupt with any other parts of the mouth. The entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia.

After the Filling Has Been Done

It’s important to note that even a tooth that has undergone a filling treatment is exposed to the same risks as the rest of the mouth, such as germ accumulation, food leftovers, dirt, and so on – which is why it’s important to keep brushing the teeth and maintaining high levels of dental hygiene.

Even though the filling material is very sturdy and can last for years, the tooth underneath it and around it can still suffer from tooth decay. If cavities start to develop in that tooth, it would sometimes require the removal of the existing filling, taking care of the new problem that has developed underneath it, and only then can it be replaced with a new filling.

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