What are Dental Fillings?
Fillings are one of the most common restorations in the dental field. They are used to replace areas of decay within one or more teeth. If you or your child has a cavity, the small amount of decay is removed from the tooth and a filling put into place. Most fillings can last for many years and even several decades before they should be replaced.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
If you have a tooth that has a cavity, the decay can and will eventually get worse. Once the decay has been allowed to reach the innermost part of the tooth, known as the pulp, a root canal is required. Before the decay gets this bad, we remove it and place a filling. The filling helps to restore the tooth and fill in the small hole that was created when the decay was removed.
Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?
To determine if you may need a dental filling, we will examine your teeth and check for signs of cavities. If you do have a cavity, we recommend having it filled as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse. The longer you leave the cavity, the larger it will become and the more damage it is doing to the tooth. Fillings can be placed in both pediatric and adult teeth as needed.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The filling procedure begins with an anesthetic used to numb the area. We then carefully remove the decay from the tooth. The hole is prepped for the new filling using a bonding gel. The composite resin is matched to the color of your tooth and placed into the small hole. It is smoothed in place and any excess is removed. The filling is then cured with a bright light so that it does not fall out of place. Once this is done, you are ready to leave the house with a bright, new smile.
If you would like to learn more about fillings and how they are done in our office, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.