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Τρίτη, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2012

Doctor I think I need a filling

Today's post is the the procedure of dental fillings.We will about the how and the why and in one of our next posts we will analyze how and why teeth start to decay .
Suppose dear reader that your tooth occasionally hurts during cold stimuli , when consuming sweets or that you have an odd taste or smell in the mouth If you know what is good for you,you won't wait for it to pass,but instead you go to the dentist.And while sitting in dental chair and having the dentist looking at your teeth,the dentist sees this picture

 

This is a "hollow" tooth,and the black hole(or cavity) is dental decay!
  For the readers who do not like real pictures of the teeth, let's see it schematically

 

  The black lesion is caries or tooth decay and the red,illustrates the nerve of the tooth.And if left untreated, the damage will certainly grow,and infect the nerve and what will be the outcome?
Let me hear you say it

                         Endodontic treatment Doctor! 

                           
 That is correct.,because the caries haw reached and infected the nerve of the tooth.

                                        

  And what do we do when we have active caries? The treatment of choise is a dental filling and the process is as follows:
First we numb the area and thoroughly clean the tissue is infected.That means to clean the tooth from the decay with dental handpiece.
Then, in cooperation with the patient, we choose the material that is to be used for the filling. Today  nine out of ten times,in Greece, we use white fillings or dental resins,which are higlhy aesthetic, because they mimic the color of the tooth.In the video below we can see the whole procedure for resin dental fillings 
 
 

We isolated the area to control the moisture of the mouth, because white fillings are sensitive to moisture.We put a metal ring,so we can control the ouline of the dental filling and prevent excess material from going into places that we do not want it to go.We prepare the tooth for the white filling. For the material to harden
(because when it comes out of the tube it is a bit viscous),we use a dental curing unit that emitts blue light. In the end we polish the filling and check for any problems such as excess material or that the patient has something that stops him from chewing properly.
  An equally good video for white fillings are the following






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For black fillings procedure is about the same..













Again anesthesia, isolation, caries removal and tooth fillings.  

I hope I've informed you.Don't forget to smile

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