What are Dental Fillings?
Fillings are one of the most common restorations in the dental field. They replace areas of decay in one or more of your teeth. If you have a cavity, the decay is removed fully and a tooth-colored composite filling put into its place. Most fillings can easily last for many years before they will need to be replaced.
Why would Dental Fillings be needed?
You or your child may need a filling because of having a cavity. Cavities often start as small areas of decay in a tooth. Over time, the decay gets worse and goes deeper and deeper into the tooth itself. Before the decay is able to reach the inner pulp of the tooth, it is removed completely before a filling is placed.
Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?
Unfortunately, most people won’t even know that they have a cavity until the decay has gone deeper into the tooth. This is why it is important to keep up with biannual checkup visits so that we can check for signs of decay. With the help of an examination, we can determine if you have one or more cavities. We advise our patients who have cavities to come in for treatment as soon as possible to prevent the decay from getting worse.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The filling procedure will begin with anesthetic that is used to numb an area of the mouth. The decay is then removed from the tooth using a slow speed drill. A small hole is left behind and prepped for the filling material. Composite resin is then placed inside of this hole and smoothed to prevent it from feeling uneven or sharp. We cure the filling itself with a bright light. Multiple fillings can be placed at the same appointment as needed and as discussed during your consultation appointment.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a filling, call us today so that one of our friendly staff members can further assist you. We have low office wait times and take a one-on-one approach to our patients’ dental care.