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Root Canal Therapy: Dental Filling Options after Treatment

by Danielle Fletcher

Root canal therapy is an important procedure used when dealing with serious tooth infections, usually in the dental root system. Basically, the external part of the tooth covers the internal dental pulp. This material consists of blood vessels and nerves which service the teeth. If the pulp is infected by bacteria, the tissues will start dying, and you will experience pain and swelling. The root canal treatment involves drilling the crown of the teeth in order to eliminate the infected pulp and drain the pus. Unfortunately, the treatment leaves a hole which must be sealed to prevent reinfection and promote healing. Here are the important dental filling options to consider after the treatment.

Silver Amalgam

Silver amalgam fillings are probably the oldest fillings available in the modern dental market. Typically, this filling material is made from mercury which is mixed with metals such as silver and tin. The primary advantage of this material is its durability, particularly when compared to composites. Moreover, the amalgam is relatively inexpensive for patients. Unfortunately, the silver appearance is not ideal in terms of aesthetics. Therefore, it cannot be used on prominent teeth. Moreover, some people might be allergic to the mercury content in the fillings, though the amalgam is harmless to most individuals.

Dental Composite

If you would like fillings which match your natural teeth, you should consider selecting dental composite. This filling material is made from synthetic resins which have properties suited for restorative dentistry. In simple terms, the resins are easy to apply, invulnerable to dehydration, insoluble and reasonably priced. On the other hand, dental composite is not extremely long-lasting. However, the longevity will vary depending on your dentist's skills, your personal oral habits and even the location of the pertinent restored teeth. You should also note that this might not be suitable for complete sealing if the hole in your teeth is large.

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are also known as porcelain fillings, and they are ideal because the material is extremely durable. In general, these fillings are not applied directly on the teeth like amalgam or composite. Instead, the pertinent product is formed in the laboratory by a specialist technician using dental grade ceramic. The formed filling will be shaped appropriately to cover the cavity in your teeth. Ceramic fillings are visually appealing, and the material is stable and long-lasting. Unfortunately, the cost is high compared to the alternatives.

For a better restoration experience, you should discuss all your filling options with the dentist before the root canal therapy.