Cavities are the most common dental ailment treated by dentists in patients of all ages. Whether it’s the first time you’ve ever had a filling, the first time in a while, or the first time for your child, it eases the mind to know what to expect during the procedure. Luckily, dental fillings are quite a simple and easy experience, and you have nothing to fear.

The ultimate goal of a filling is to remove the decayed and infected portion of the tooth and then fill the resulting empty space.

Steps to Expect

  1. A local anesthetic will be applied to the area where the cavity is to numb it.

  2. Your dentist will use a tool to remove the infected parts of the tooth.

  3. Your dentist will probe the area and double check that all the decay is removed.

  4. The areas will be cleaned of bacteria and debris to make sure nothing malicious will get trapped under the filling and possibly reinfect the tooth.

  5. The filling will be applied, finished, and polished.

  6. For tooth colored fillings, the filling is applied in a multi-layering process, and each layer is individually applied and hardened with a special light. The filling is then shaped to perfectly fit its host tooth and then polished.

Maintenance

Fillings can last as long as you take care of them. Follow standard good oral hygiene practices: brush twice a day, floss everyday, and get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. Don’t chew on ice or non-food items such as fingernails or pens as these can chip the filling or pop them out entirely. If you notice a crack, missing piece, or sharp protruding edge from the filling, tell your dentist immediately.

 

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.