What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is used to replace decay that is found in one or more of your natural teeth. When a cavity forms, it can become worse to the point where the tooth needs a root canal to remove the infected inner pulp. Before it is allowed to get to this point, the decay can be removed from the tooth and a filling put into its place. The filling is made from a composite resin so that it’s tooth-colored and natural-looking.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
Dental fillings may be needed if you have one or more cavities. While children are more prone to developing cavities than adults, it’s still a common issue that is dealt with among older patients. Cavities can become a problem if they are left untreated, eventually leading to severe decay and even tooth loss. A filling is a safe, effective option for replacing tooth structure in an area it has been removed.
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What makes you a candidate for Dental Fillings?
Before a filling is placed, you will come into our office for an examination. In some cases, a dental x-ray is necessary to help us find cavities. If a cavity is found, you will be advised to have a filling. The procedure is quick, easy and requires only local anesthetic so that it is safe for most patients.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Fillings?
Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area for your comfort. The decay is carefully removed from the tooth, creating a small hole. The hole is prepped for the composite resin material and the filling put in place. The filling is then smoothed out so that it fits and feels comfortable. Next, a curing light is used to harden the filling material so that it does not fall out. The filling procedure is considered finished once the material has hardened. Your new filling will last for many years with proper care and routine dental checkups.
If you think you might need a filling or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and our helpful staff members can further assist you.