Dental fillings are among the most common solutions for tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth can eat through the enamel of your teeth, especially when you don’t have proper dental hygiene. The bacteria can lead to holes in your teeth and so we use dental fillings to fill in those holes to keep the bacteria from doing further damage.
Dental fillings can be made from several different types of materials. The most common materials are amalgam and composite fillings.
Amalgam fillings have been around for about 2 centuries now. This type of fillings is essentially made up of various metals that combine to form a soft, clay-like material. This material is then molded to fit in the hole in the teeth, and it will harden in just a few minutes.
Composite filling is a recent alternative that’s becoming more popular in the industry. It’s also moldable to build back the tooth structure. However, it doesn’t harden right away. Instead, our dentist will use a special light on the material to cause chemical reactions that makes the material more solid. The end result is a tough and durable filling.
What to Expect
During your appointment, we will recommend dental fillings if we find cavities in your teeth. This must be done right away, as the bacterial infection can spread further into the root of the tooth if nothing is done. The infection may even spread to adjacent teeth.
The procedure starts with the application of a local anesthetic and a numbing gel on the affected area. This makes sure that you’re entirely comfortable while we put in the dental fillings.
Next, we will take away the infect parts of the tooth, and then clean the rest of the tooth thoroughly. We utilize advanced tools for these steps, including a high-speed handpiece that ensures that the infected parts are all removed and that the remaining portions are clean of infection.
The dental filling is then placed in the tooth cavity to cover it. The dentist will use a special light to harden the mold after it has been properly shaped. Afterwards, the filling will be polished and sealed in place.
After the procedure, it’s normal if you feel a bit of sensitivity in the affected tooth for a few days. It’s is important, however, that you call us to report any sensitive or painful sensations when you bite down. We may need to schedule another appointment so that the filling can be further adjusted and smoothened.
A dental filling is a very simple treatment and you can relax throughout the procedure. We’ve done this so many times that we know for sure how to make you feel comfortable and we also have the expertise to make our fillings look natural, so you can smile with utmost confidence.