You may think you’re doing everything right when it comes to your dental health, but there are still times when tooth decay still sneaks in and you have a cavity.
You need to have a cavity filled by an experienced dentist or it will only get worse. Cavities do not magically fix themselves or go away.
A dental filling helps prolong the life of a tooth, reduce bacteria and keep your winning smile.
During a dentist visit to fill a cavity, the dentist will examine your tooth with a dental probe and take an X-ray to see the extent of the decay.
There are different types of filling materials: gold, porcelain (inlays/outlays), amalgam and composite.
Gold and amalgam are the most durable, but do not blend into your teeth and are noticeable. Those types of fillings may be used for the back teeth that are not seen. Composites are popular because they are natural looking, tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your smile.
Before your dentist fills the cavity, she will use a local painkiller to numb your tooth, gum and the nearby area. This painkiller ensures that you will be comfortable during the filling. We take this part seriously because your comfort is as important as your heath.
Your dentist will then remove the decayed area from your tooth, and clean the area to get rid of any bacteria. The dentist will then insert the composite filling into your tooth and use a special light or laser that hardens filling.
A filling restores your tooth’s original shape and normal functions. The filling also helps stop further tooth decay.
Your dentist will also give you tips on keeping cavities out of your mouth with proper brushing and flossing techniques.
If you suspect you may have a cavity, then you need to have it taken care as soon as possible. You don’t want a cavity to spread and, eventually, destroy the tooth. Putting off a filling will only cause more problems.