When Tooth Decay Strikes
Did you know that the average American has 3 fillings in their mouth? A dental filling is a simple procedure used to repair cavities or fractures in teeth. The most common purpose of a filling is to fix tooth decay that has grown into a painful cavity. Cavities are tiny holes but can cause problems if not treated with a filling. The cavity can become bigger and more painful.
A fractured tooth may also be fixed with a white composite filling. We can also add fillings to teeth that have been discolored or damaged due to an accident.
Have you noticed sudden pain in a particular tooth while chewing or biting? You may have permanent plaque damage in a tooth that requires a filling. During your regular checkups we take time to see if you have any cavities that may be forming. Dental imaging along with a physical exam of your teeth are the best ways to catch a cavity early.
The Filling Procedure
- The dentist numbs the area around the tooth with an anesthetic.
- Then, the dentist uses a laser to remove the decay in the affected area.
- Next, the interior of the tooth is cleaned with an acidic gel to eliminate any remaining bacteria.
- The chosen filling will be applied to the cavity in layers. Once each layer has been added, the filling is cured or hardened by a special light.
- Finally, the dentist will polish and shape the filling and test the bite to ensure it aligns correctly. New fillings require aftercare, such as not eating hard food for twenty-four hours.
Dental fillings can last up to 20 years, providing decades of protection for your teeth. Today’s fillings blend in with the natural color of a patient’s teeth. They are unnoticeable to the naked eye, leaving little reason to feel self-conscious about your smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental pain you may be experiencing, please call our Burton, MI office so we can schedule an appointment with you right away.