What are Dental Fillings?
Fillings are restorations that help to replace areas of decay in a tooth. Fillings are often made of composite resin, which allows them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. When a cavity is found in a tooth, the decay should be removed and a filling put into its place. The filling helps to restore the tooth to its original size and shape while preventing issues with future decay.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
The main reason you’d need a filling is because you have a cavity. Cavities can form for a variety of reasons, but the important thing is to have them treated as soon as possible. Forgoing treatment for a cavity can result in the eventual need for a root canal. This occurs when the decay is able to go deeper into the tooth to the point of reaching the pulp (nerve).
Who is a good candidate for a Dental Filling?
Fillings can be beneficial for both adult as well as pediatric patients. To determine if you need a filling, a simple dental exam is often enough to find cavities and areas of decay. Likewise, we may take x-rays to find hard-to-spot cavities during a routine dental exam. If you need a filling, it’s important to have the procedure done sooner rather than later.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The filling procedure will begin with anesthetic that’s used to numb the area. We can place multiple fillings if they are on the same side of the mouth. We then remove any decay from the tooth using a slow speed drill. Once the decay is removed, the small hole left behind is prepped for the composite resin material. The material is matched to the color of your tooth and placed inside this hole. Excess filling material is removed and the remaining filling is cured into place with a bright light. Your new filling is now set and you can leave the office feeling confident in your smile.
If you think you may need a dental filling and want to know more about the procedure, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment.