Without keeping regular dental appointments, a person’s teeth can easily fall into disrepair. The possibility of contracting various types of oral conditions and diseases increases including plaque buildup, halitosis, gum disease only increases. So too does the probability of tooth decay and for this, the need for dental fillings.
What are dental fillings and who needs them?
When your tooth has decayed, cracked, or been worn down, fillings are used to replace the missing portion of the tooth and to protect the tooth’s interior. This is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures today, and can usually be completed in a single appointment. If your cavity is more extensive and will require more than one appointment, a temporary filling will be placed to prevent further decay. Fillings can be made from a number of materials, including tooth-colored ceramics and metals such as gold.
What is the process for filling a tooth?
Before beginning, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure that none of your other teeth need to be repaired as well. The tooth and surrounding gums will be numbed using a local anesthetic in order to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Any decayed tooth matter will be removed using specialized dental instruments, and the tooth will be rinsed and dried. Your dentist will then fill the cavity using the material they feel is best for your individual situation. The dental filling will then be polished to remove any rough edges.
Do fillings require special care?
The most important part of caring for your filling is maintaining regular oral hygiene practices and visiting our office on a regular basis. This allows the dentist to check and ensure that your filling hasn’t been damaged or is coming loose. If your filling does begin to loosen, schedule an appointment immediately to prevent further tooth damage.
If you suspect that you have a cavity, call our office today at 512-331-1477 or use this contact link to schedule a consultation with our dental professionals at Advanced Dental Care of Austin. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile once more!
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