Dental filling is a dental procedure that most people may encounter at some point in their lives. Especially in problems such as deterioration of the tooth structure as a result of caries formation, dental filling provides an effective and long-term solution. Its main purpose is to fill the empty space with a material suitable for the natural form of the tooth after the decayed or damaged tooth tissue is completely cleaned.
The tooth filling procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Firstly, the decayed tooth tissue is carefully cleaned. At this stage, the remaining healthy structure of the tooth is preserved. After the cleaning process is completed, the empty part of the tooth is filled with a suitable filling material. The filling material can usually be materials such as amalgam, composite resin, porcelain or gold. The choice of these materials depends on the function of the tooth, aesthetic requirements and the patient’s budget.
When the filling material hardens, the tooth regains its normal function and aesthetic appearance. At the same time, the filling material is designed so that it does not adversely affect daily oral and dental functions such as eating, chewing and speaking.
When applied correctly, dental fillings can last for years. However, the length of this process may vary depending on the patient’s oral hygiene, the quality of the filling material and other environmental factors. Therefore, regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene ensure the longevity of the filling process.