Dental Fillings

What are Dental Fillings?

When you have a cavity, it is important to remove the area of decay before it is able to get worse. Once the decay is removed, a small hole is left behind and is vulnerable to future decay and sensitivity. To prevent these problems from happening, a filling can be placed to cover the hole and restore beauty and integrity to the tooth. If you have a cavity, it is important to have a filling placed as soon as possible to prevent progression of the decay.

Why are Dental Fillings needed?

The most common reason for needing a filling is because you have a cavity. Cavities may be tiny in size or slightly larger. Once the decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal is needed. Before it gets to this point, we will recommend having the tooth decay removed and a filling placed.

What Are Dental Fillings
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Fillings

Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?

We can perform an exam to determine if you have one or more cavities. In some cases, we may need to take x-rays to further identify areas of decay. Once it’s determined that you have a cavity, we will recommend having the decay removed and filled as soon as possible. This will prevent the decay from getting worse to the point of needing a root canal.

What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?

We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. The decay is then removed from the tooth. The tiny hole that’s left behind will be prepped for the filling material. The composite resin is matched to the tooth’s color and then placed into the hole. It’s smoothed into place and cured with a bright light. This prevents the filling from falling out or shifting around. Your new tooth-colored filling will last for years without showing any signs of needing to be repaired or replaced with new material.

If you think you might need a dental filling, call us today and our friendly staff members can assist you further.

What Happens During The Dental Filling Procedure

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