You will most likely need to have a filling if you have a small to medium cavity. This is to preserve the structure of your living tooth in a painless way. Whilst this is in place it will remove any decay that is set into your tooth.
Although it can be overwhelming when you need something done to your teeth, having a filling done is painless which allows the tooth to heal and stay in place. By removing the damaged area caused by decay it will give your dentist a chance to put a filling in your tooth to return it back to its regular shape, allowing it to return to its normal functions.
A filling is required when your dentist notices changes such as food getting stuck between your teeth or when there is a lot of sensitivity and pain in the area. The most common time to feel the pain is when you have cold or hot food and drinks as this will trigger it’s sensitivity. Once you feel this pain, it is a good idea to get booked in fairly rapidly due to how painful it can become over time.
When you arrive at your appointment often your dentist will start by looking at your teeth. Then follow by gently tapping the teeth with a small instrument to see how it feels and responds as this will give them an indication to what type of decay you have. After this you will most likely have an X-ray as this will provide more detail about the decay such as its size, and impact it is giving to the tooth.
You will start the procedure off by numbing the area so it is painless. Next they will remove the decay and any previous fillings, this will leave the tooth in a healthy condition so they can insert the new filling and design it to look like your natural teeth. If the decay is across two teeth, they will more than likely put a small band around one of the teeth, to ensure that the filling does not connect the teeth together. Otherwise you will not be able to floss or clean between the teeth.
Finally your dentist will give your teeth a good polish so it blends in naturally and has a shine to them then check your bite. Seeing your bite is very important as things could have changed and this allows your dentist to notice any irregularities and see how the procedure looks. Otherwise the filling could be hitting another tooth causing damage. Good hygiene after the procedure is vital to ensure that your smile stays healthy for longer.
Amalgam is the most common dental filling you will come across. This is due to its low cost and easy placement in a wet area. Composite resin is a type of plastic that is a popular option for most people who require a filling on their front teeth. Although this method can last between three and ten years, it is clear so it will give more of a natural look.