Fillings are a common dental procedure and may help restore the health and shape of a tooth damaged by a cavity or decay. When performing a filling, our team will get rid of the corroded part of the tooth, thoroughly clean all around it, and then fill the spot that has been removed with a specific compound that conforms to the tooth’s structure.
Fillings help prevent further decay of the damaged tooth by blocking off the area where the bacteria enter the teeth, i.e. the cavity. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, amalgam, silver, and composite resin. There is no single type of filling that is best. Our professionals at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry will help you decide which material best suits your needs.
Advantages of Dental Fillings
These fillings are also called white fillings, and this is the biggest advantage of undergoing this treatment. They match the natural color and appearance of teeth. There is no fixed location for their use. They can be used for rear or front teeth because they do not affect your gums’ aesthetics. Dental fillings may cause some sensitivity, but this passes after a few weeks.
Care of Dental Fillings
Fillings are cared for just like regular teeth. Proper dental hygiene is key. Make sure that you brush and floss regularly. Our team can also recommend a high-quality mouthwash to meet your needs. In addition, our team will check on your fillings during a scheduled visit.
Importance of Dental Fillings
If your tooth is only partially damaged, promptly getting a filling will prevent the rest of your tooth from decaying. A dental filling is a dental restoration made to artificially restore the function, anatomy, and integrity of teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Fillings can prevent other parts of your teeth from being affected by the damaged areas, thus ensuring long-term solutions. If your tooth has developed a cavity, you should immediately visit our professionals so they can determine the best treatment option for you.
The Procedure for Dental Fillings
Fillings can often be completed in just one session with our professionals. Once your tooth has been prepared, our professionals will fill cavities with layers of the composite. Usually, each layer is hardened with a specialized light. When your fillings have been placed, the dentist can then shape the composite to match your existing tooth. Finally, teeth are polished to improve their appearance and to prevent staining and wear.
It is advisable to remember that our professionals are the only qualified person to decide whether or not you require a filling. When you visit our professional for your regular exam, they will examine your mouth. If you have some damage, a filling is generally recommended. The area to be filled is numbed with a local anesthetic, so you will not feel the procedure. Most fillings take less than one hour and match your natural tooth color. In addition to looking natural, they will help save your tooth.
Let us help keep your smile looking great. For more information, and to find out how you or your child can benefit from fillings, call Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry at 425-868-0123 today.