Restore Your Oral Health And Smile With Natural Tooth Fillings
Out of all of the dental procedures (outside of cleanings and checkups), dental fillings are among the most common. This is especially so for children, who are still learning to properly care for their teeth. Even so, tooth fillings are necessary for patients of all ages, and can help to restore the integrity of a tooth so that it does not need a more serious procedure, or extraction.
What Are Fillings?
Dental fillings are essentially materials that are used to “fill in” a hole in a tooth caused by damage or decay. Generally tooth fillings are the best option when the structure of a tooth is still intact, but there is some minor structural damage that needs to be addressed.
When pain, pressure or visual damage is seen or felt, it’s extremely important to contact your dentist and set an appointment. During the appointment, your dentist will x-ray the tooth to have a look at the extent of the damage. Keep in mind that your dentist will take a look at your teeth during a routine checkup and cleaning, where they may be able to catch any signs of decay early. This is part of why it is so important to go to your dentist twice a year for checkups and
Fillings are a pretty simple procedure, that begin with anesthetic being applied to avoid any pain during the procedure. The decay is then removed from the tooth with a drill. Once the decay has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned out. The tooth filling will then be cemented in.
Keep in mind that after a tooth filling is placed, you may notice some sensitivity. If after a couple of weeks the sensitivity persists, set a follow-up appointment with your dentist. Also make sure to set an immediate appointment with your dentist if your dental filling cracks or shows signs of damage. While dental fillings are strong, they can still be damaged by biting down too hard on a tough piece of food. The tooth surrounding the filling can also still be damaged, and can still suffer from decay. If this happens, you’ll notice pain, and your tooth filling may even fall out!
In order to avoid decay around the tooth fillings (and decay in general), make sure to take proper care of your teeth, gums and mouth overall with proper oral care. Brush, floss and wash out your mouth at least twice a day to ensure the cleanliness of your mouth.