Cavities are treated by removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling the open area. Fillings can also fix cracked and worn down teeth.
What should I expect when I get a filling?
Tru Family Dental uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth area. The dentist will then use a hand piece to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Afterwards, the dentist will test the area to make sure all of the decayed material has been removed. Once the dentist has determined the space is clear of decay, they will clean the area to get rid of bacteria and residue. If the decayed area is near the root, the dentist might put in a liner to cover the nerve. Lastly, the dentist will polish the filling.
If you’re getting a tooth-colored filling, there are some additional steps to the filling process. After the decayed material has been removed and the area has been cleaned, the dentist will apply the tooth-colored material in layers. Next, a special light is used to harden the material on each layer. Lastly, the dentist will shape the material, removing any extra material, and then they will polish the area.
What types of fillings are available?
There are many types of dental filling materials. Your teeth can be filled with:
- Silver amalgam
- Tooth-colored material
- Composite resin (glass material)
There are several factors involved with determining the best type of filling for your needs. These factors include:
- Location and extent of the decay
- Cost of filling material
- The dentist’s recommendations
How should I take care of my filled teeth?
It’s important to practice good oral health, such as getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day, after you get a filling. If you feel sensitivity, a sharp edge or notice anything unusual, call the Tru Family Dental office.