What are Dental Fillings?
Fillings are restorations that are placed in areas of a tooth that have decayed. The decay is removed from the tooth and a tooth-colored composite filling put into its place. Tooth decay (cavities) can occur for a variety of reasons, but it is important to treat it as soon as possible so that it does not get worse. Fillings are relatively durable once placed, and it’s not uncommon for them to last for years.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
The reason you’ll need one or more fillings is because you have tooth decay. Decay is most commonly caused by improper brushing and flossing, but it can be caused by having a poor diet that is high in sugar or due to a host of other reasons that may make your more susceptible to decay. If left untreated, the decay can get worse and eventually infect the inner pulp (nerve) of the tooth. Rather than allow it to get this bad, it is a good idea to remove the decay and have a filling placed.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Filling?
There aren’t many side effects or symptoms that come from a tooth that has only a small cavity. Only when the cavity gets larger and has an effect on the pulp (nerve) will the tooth become painful and sensitive. For this reason, it’s important to have regular dental checkups so that we can check for cavities and take care of them while they’re of minimal concern. If we find one or more cavities, it is important to have treatment as soon as possible.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The procedure will begin with a local anesthetic that is used to numb the area. We remove any and all decay from the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, we prepare the tiny hole left behind for the new filling. A bonding gel is applied inside the hole and washed away. This helps the composite resin material to bond with the tooth once it is placed inside the hole. We then place the material and smooth it out, curing it to harden the filling and prevent it from moving. Your new filling is permanently in place and can last for many years with the proper care.
If you think you need a filling or want to learn more about the procedure, call our office today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.