Hitting a pothole while driving can be frustrating, and occasionally it can be downright dangerous. That pothole may be responsible for throwing your car’s wheels out of alignment, or for other mechanical problems. In worst case scenarios, a pothole can unintentionally send your car veering into another lane of traffic. Like a pothole, a hole in a tooth can also create problems, especially if it’s ignored. At Lifetime Family Dental, serving Gilbert Arizona and surrounding areas, we value oral care, and we want to see your teeth as healthy as possible. For problems with your teeth or gums, please contact us and schedule an appointment.
What is a Filling?
A hole in your tooth can also be called a cavity. If a cavity has signs of tooth decay, your dentist will first remove the decay and then fill the tooth with a special material that is strong and resilient. The dental filling strengthens your tooth and restores the surface, so it can function well alongside your other teeth in the process of chewing food.
If you are having pain while eating, brushing your teeth, or drinking hot or cold liquids, you may have a cavity that requires a filling. The process is able to be accomplished in one visit to our dental office. The steps to filling a tooth include:
- *Numbing: Your dentist will use a jelly-like substance and an anesthetic to numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding tissue. The numbing enables you to feel limited-to-no pain during the procedure.
- *Target Decay: Being certain that all tooth decay is removed is highly important for the health of your teeth. Once your mouth has been adequately numbed, our dentist will take time to scrape out the tooth and remove any decay from inside the cavity.
- *Filling: After all tooth decay has been cleaned out of the cavity, your dentist will choose the appropriate dental material to fill your tooth. Fillings can be formed from different components, like composite resins; an amalgam; ionomers; or from ceramic matter.
The process for fillings is simple, painless and able to be done within one visit.
Taking care of your fillings following your appointment is important. Since the tooth your dentist filled is a living component of your body, you may notice some sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days after your visit. Be kind to your teeth and use a sensitive toothpaste, and continue to follow a regimen of good oral health care. For more information regarding fillings, cavities, gum disease, or for other oral health questions, call Lifetime Family Dental today!
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