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 painlessly. While this is in place, it will remove any decay 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, we can put a filling in your tooth to return it to its regular shape and normal functions. A filling might help if you have sensitive teeth, too much space between teeth, or you have tooth pain caused by decay. The most common time to feel sensitivity is when consuming cold or hot food and drinks. Tooth pain and sensitivity can quickly worsen over time, so reach out to us as soon as possible. We’ll do what we can to get you scheduled as soon as possible.
We will thoroughly check your teeth for abnormalities or decay during your regular dental checkups. We usually detect cavities at your six-month routine cleaning appointment and examination. One of the decay detection techniques we use is to gently tap the teeth with a small instrument to see how it feels. The tapping will give us an indication of what type of decay you have if any.
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 on your tooth. Once we detect decay, we can schedule a follow-up appointment to fill the cavity.
We will start the filling procedure off by numbing the area, a painless process. Next, we will remove the decay from the tooth and any previous fillings. This will leave the tooth healthy to 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. Otherwise, you will not floss or clean between the teeth. Your dentist will give your teeth a good polish, so the filling blends in naturally and adds a shine to them.
The last step in the process is for the dentist to check your bite and evaluate how the procedure looks. Checking your bite functionality is very important as things could have changed. We watch for any irregularities. The filling could be hitting another tooth, for example, causing damage.
Good hygiene after the process is vital to ensure that the tooth around the filling remains in good shape and your smile stays healthy for years to come.
Types of Fillings
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. Many patients choose amalgam fillings if the cavity needs to be filled small and located on a back tooth.
Composite Resin: This type of plastic is a popular option for most people who require a filling on their front teeth. Tooth-colored fillings allow the tooth to appear natural and as if it had no work done.
These fillings are more expensive than amalgam fillings, but the results are worth it.
Both types of fillings, when performed correctly, will give our patients long-lasting and beautiful tooth restorations.
Decay doesn’t have to mean that your tooth will be completely damaged. At Aspen Dental, we focus on restoring and enhancing your smile. Contact us today for an appointment. Dr. Eric Rossow, Dr. Laura Noce, Dr. Joseph Burns, Dr. Cheri Neal, and the entire staff would look forward to meeting you.