Posted on 12/10/2019 by Mark Bieber
|When you hear the news that you have a cavity it's a lot like being told you have to work the weekend. Only worse. If you cringe at the sound of the dental drill, then trying to pick out the correct filling can seem like picking your weapon of torture.
Our office performs hundreds of fillings each month. Educating you on the benefits of a glass filling can take away some fear of the procedure.
What Are Glass Fillings?
No, you aren't having a window built into your tooth. A “glass filling” is actually a glass ionomer filling. They are excellent because they create a bond with the tooth. They are a resin type of filling that offer an additional benefit compared to traditional fillings. They can actually release fluoride; this is essential for fighting cavities and helps protect and strengthen the tooth.
While this type of filling does offer the benefits of the fluoride, it does have drawbacks. The main one is that it is not as strong as composite resins and is more susceptible to cracking or decaying over time. Glass fillings typically last five years or fewer.
The Best Time for a Glass Filling
Despite their short-projected lifespan, there are many times when glass fillings are the best options to choose. In young children, glass fillings can help, especially with their molars and back teeth. The ability to prevent additional tooth decay by providing fluoride helps restore the health of the teeth and the surrounding teeth. The other time they are great is for a filling down below the gum line that will be protected.
The ability of the glass fillings to bond with the teeth reduces some preparation for a filling and makes it easier to use. Although they still require the use of the drill, the amount of drilling is much less and takes less time to put in. This is usually beneficial to the experience of a child.
If you or your child need a filling, ask our staff if a glass filling would be best. We can educate you on the pros and cons at the time of the procedure.
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