Dental decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among patients of all ages. When caught early on, dental decay can be removed from the tooth in question and replaced with a filling that helps to smooth out the tooth’s surface. There are two types of fillings available: amalgam (metal) and composite (tooth-colored). Most patients are advised to choose composite fillings because of their seamless application and long-lasting durability.
What is a Dental Filling?
A dental filling is used to replace decay that is found in one or more teeth. The filling is specifically designed to protect the inner dentin of the tooth so that decay is not able to get back into the hole. Decay is carefully removed using a slow speed drill and a filling placed and smoothed out for your comfort.
Why are fillings crucial for better oral health?
Dental fillings are crucial for promoting better oral health because they work to get rid of decay and prevent the tooth from being compromised otherwise. Some of the reasons fillings are recommended include:
- Decay is present in one or more teeth
- You have a crack or fracture that hasn’t reached the inner pulp (nerve) of the tooth
- You have older metal fillings that you want to replace with tooth-colored options
What to expect with the procedure
The dental filling procedure is incredibly easy and quickly done right in the office. The area to be filled is numb for your comfort, the decay is removed and the filling is placed and smoothed into the tooth. A specialty light will be used to harden the cement of the filling, and you will have a new, restored tooth. If for some reason the filling falls out or you have an older filling that has fallen out, be sure to contact the office immediately.
If you are in need of a dental filling, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.