Facts About Fillings
We recommend that our patients visit our office regularly for routine oral hygiene examinations and cleanings. During these appointments, we do a number of things to ensure you and your loved ones have optimal dental health. We thoroughly clean the teeth and look for problems in the mouth such as decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. One of the most common problems patients experience is decay. Depending on the level of decay, we may recommend a dental filling. Are you familiar with this common treatment? Read on to learn more about fillings.
Why Would I Need a Filling?
One of the first things patients commonly ask during an oral hygiene examination is if they have any cavities. A cavity, also commonly referred to as tooth decay, occurs when there is an overabundance of harmful bacteria buildup on and between the teeth. When this happens, the outside covering of the teeth — the enamel — becomes damaged. Something resembling a small hole will develop. Receiving treatment as soon as we recommend it is extremely important. Cavities and decay will not heal on their own and will continue to grow and expand, potentially leading to the need for a more involved treatment.
Preparing For Your First Filling
Receiving any kind of dental treatment when you have never experienced it before can be a little nerve racking. A dental filling is the most common restorative dental treatment we provide to adults and children. Due to advancements in treatments and technology, we can complete a filling in no time at all. If you are nervous before treatment and have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to explain everything in detail.
Reminders for After Treatment
We use a numbing agent when we perform a filling. Following treatment, it is extremely important not to eat until the numbing agent has worn off. Eating while numb can lead to serious injuries to your mouth because you can’t feel what you are chewing. We would hate for you to bite your tongue, lip, or cheek and develop a sore.
If it has been some time since your last oral hygiene examination or you need to schedule a filling for yourself or a loved one, be sure to contact our office located in Burton, MI. We will be happy to get you into the office as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you soon!