What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is a type of restoration that replaces areas of decay in a tooth. Cavities can continue to get bigger until the tooth may need a root canal or complete extraction. Before it gets to this point, we can remove the decay and place a filling. Fillings are tooth-colored, easy to place and multiple fillings can be done in the same appointment if they’re on the same side of the mouth.
Why would Dental Fillings be needed?
The most common reason for needing a filling is because you have a cavity. Patients of all ages are vulnerable to tooth decay, but children seem to be more susceptible because of poor oral hygiene and bad eating habits. Cavities should be treated as soon as they’re found to prevent the decay from getting worse. This helps to retain the integrity and structure of the tooth without the need for a root canal or extraction.
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Who’s a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
Most patients who have cavities are good candidates for dental fillings. We will perform an exam to determine if you have any cavities and can offer treatment on an as-needed basis. Fillings are incredibly durable, so you can expect your new filling to last for many years before it may need to be replaced. They are tooth-colored and matched to your existing dentition so that they blend in perfectly.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Fillings?
We numb the area with a local anesthetic before doing any work. The decay is then removed fully from the tooth and the small hole left behind is prepped for the filling. The composite resin is placed into the hole and smoothed out. The material will then be cured with a special bright light. The procedure is finished once the material is hardened and you’ll be ready to leave our office with your new filling in place. Your filling can last for years with proper care and oral hygiene.
If you think you might need a dental filling or want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we can help answer all of your questions.