What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is a restoration that involves replacing an area of decay within a tooth. When you have a cavity, the decay can eventually get worse and affect the inner pulp of the tooth. In order to prevent it from getting this bad, the decay is removed and a filling put into place. Composite resin tooth-colored fillings are the most popular, since they offer patients a seamless and flawless restorative option.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
A dental filling is often needed if you have a cavity in one or more teeth. Cavities are small areas of decay that infiltrate the tooth. They can be caused by improper brushing and flossing as well as poor dietary habits. In order to prevent the cavity from getting larger and deeper, it will need to be removed and replaced with a dental filling. Fillings are ideal for patients of all ages, and we often have pediatric patients coming in for fillings along with adults.
Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?
In order to determine if you have a cavity, we will perform an examination. For hard-to-spot cavities, x-rays may be necessary to further identify areas of decay. In many cases, smaller cavities will exhibit no symptoms. This means that they can go ignored and unnoticed if you do not come in for routine examinations.
What happens during the Dental Filling process?
The filling process begins with an anesthetic that is used to numb the area of the mouth needing the filling. We then carefully remove the decay from the tooth completely. The small hole is then prepared to receive the tooth-colored filling using a bonding gel agent. The composite resin is placed inside of this hole and packed firmly into place. The excess filling material is removed and the remaining filling is cured with a bright light. Your new filling is firmly in place and will last you for many years to come.
If you want to come into the office to have a filling placed, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.