While driving along a smooth road and drinking a cup of coffee, it can be highly annoying when you unexpectedly hit a pothole that causes your coffee to fly up everywhere. That pothole may be responsible for burns and stains from splashing hot coffee, as well as wheels going out of alignment or other mechanical problems. A pothole may seem to be a little annoyance, but can lead to much more negative events. It’s the same thing for a hole in your tooth, or a cavity. Lifetime Family Dental, serving Gilbert, Arizona, and surrounding areas, values excellent oral health care, as well as providing great general dentistry services such as fillings.
What is a Filling?
When you have a hole in your tooth, or a cavity, your dentist will use a specific material to fill a cavity after removing any tooth decay. The dental filling allows your tooth to be strengthened, and healthier.
If you are having pain while eating, brushing your teeth, or drinking hot or cold liquids, you may have a cavity and need a filling. The process is pretty straightforward, and is able to be accomplished within the same visit. The steps to filling includes:
- *Numbing: Your dentist will use a jelly-like substance and an anesthetic to numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding tissue. This will help you relax and 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. Your dentist will take time to scrape it out and remove any decay from the cavity.
- *Filling: Finally, following ensuring the health of your teeth, your dentist will choose the appropriate dental material to provide the filling for your tooth. Filling material could be composite resins, amalgam, ionomers, or types of ceramic.
The process for fillings is simple, quite painless and able to be done within one visit.
Taking care of your fillings following your appointment is important. You may notice some sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days to a couple weeks, depending on your teeth. Be kind to your teeth, use a sensitive toothpaste, and be sure to follow up with a great oral health care routine.
For more information regarding fillings, cavities, gum disease or other oral health needs, contact Lifetime Family Dental today!
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