What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to replace areas of a tooth that have decayed. First, the decay is fully removed from the tooth to prevent it from further compromising the enamel of the tooth. We use composite or tooth-colored fillings to fill the hole where the decay was removed, enhancing and perfecting your smile. Composite fillings look completely natural, and can last for years with proper hygiene and care.
Why are Dental Fillings necessary?
The most common reason for needing a filling is because you have a cavity. While children are most susceptible to developing dental cavities, they are common among adults as well. Fillings replace the small hole that is created once the decay is removed completely. Fillings not only protect the tooth from further damage, but they help in preventing issues with sensitivity that come from a decayed tooth or open hole in the enamel.
Our one-on-one approach ensures that each of our patients receives the kind care and compassion that they need. By offering a variety of procedures and treatments in one conveniently located office, we are able to cater to each member of your family.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
Before a filling is placed, we will perform a full examination of all your teeth. Dental x-rays can help in further diagnosing and finding cavities that are hard to spot with a typical exam. If a cavity is found, we will schedule you to come in for a dental filling. The procedure is done quickly in our office, and most of our patients only need local anesthetic to complete the filling process.
What happens during a Dental Filling procedure?
The affected area is numbed using a local anesthetic, so that the procedure is more comfortable for you. Next, the decay is completely removed from the tooth, and the small hole that was created will be prepped for the composite material. Composite is both poured and placed inside of the tiny hole, and smoothed into place. The material is hardened using a curing light. Once the composite is cured, your new filling is securely in place, and you can enjoy a bright, beautiful smile, and a tooth protected against further dental decay.
If you think you might need a filling, or want to come in for an exam, call our office today and we will work to get you scheduled to come in for an appointment.