What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are placed in areas where decay is present. The decay is removed from the tooth and replaced with a composite filling. For patients with older metal fillings, they may choose to have them replaced with tooth-colored composite material. Fillings are essential for saving a tooth when a cavity has been found.
Why do you need Dental Fillings?
You will need to have a dental filling placed if you have a cavity in one or more of your teeth. The procedure is done to save the structure and integrity of the tooth as well as to remove the decay. Fillings can last for years without needing to be replaced. With the help of a dental exam, we can determine if you have a cavity that requires a filling.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
In order to determine if you need to have a filling placed, a comprehensive examination is needed. The exam as well as the x-rays taken of your teeth can help to determine if cavities are present. If you have a cavity, we will recommend having it filled as soon as possible to prevent the decay from getting worse. Fillings are done quickly and easily in our office.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Fillings?
You will first receive anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The tooth will be drilled to remove the decay. Once the decay has been removed, the hole that was made will be prepared for the filling. Next, the filling is placed and smoothed out. A blue curing light is used to solidify the filling and blend it into the tooth. The filling material is matched to your natural tooth color for a seamless, beautiful look. You can expect your dental filling to last for many years without needing to be replaced.
If you think you may need a dental filling or would like to inquire more about this procedure, contact our office today so that we can help to answer your questions.