What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is a restoration that fills an area of decay within a tooth. Fillings are made out of composite resin material, which provides a seamless look to the tooth without the harsh contrast of amalgam (metal). Fillings can last for many years without needing to be replaced. Multiple fillings can be placed at the same time, as needed.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
The main reason you’d need a dental filling is because a tooth has a cavity in it. Cavities, or areas of decay, can occur for a variety of different reason, including poor oral hygiene and diet. If you fail to treat a cavity, the decay can get worse and eventually lead to the need for a root canal. Before the decay gets to this point, it’s fully removed and a composite (tooth-colored) filling put into its place.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
We can perform an examination to determine if you may need one or more dental fillings. Cavities are incredibly common and affect people of all ages. If you have a cavity, it is important to have the tooth treated before the decay is able to get worse. If you have older fillings, they may need to be replaced as they show signs of cracking or wear.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
We first numb the area with a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. We then remove the decay from the tooth completely. The hole is prepped for a new filling by using a bonding gel. We then match the composite resin material to the tooth so that it blends in well. We place the composite resin and remove any excess material. The filling is cured with a bright light several times and you’ll be ready to leave the office with a fully restored smile. Multiple fillings can be place during the same appointment, if they are in the same vicinity within the mouth.
If you think you may need a filling, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.