What Are Dental Fillings?
When a tooth is damaged, bacteria can enter the inner layers of the tooth and cause infection, which can lead to pain, tooth loss, and other serious health problems. Dental fillings can help to restore the strength and function of the tooth, while also protecting it from further damage.
At Sierra Dental, we offer a variety of filling materials to suit the needs of our patients. These include amalgam (silver) fillings, composite (tooth-coloured) fillings, and gold fillings. Our dentists will recommend the best option based on the location and size of the filling, as well as the patient’s preferences and budget.
Dental fillings are an important service provided by our team, as they help to restore the strength and function of damaged teeth, while also protecting them from further damage. By seeking treatment early on, you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy and functional for years to come.
Understanding the Dental Filling Procedure
A tooth filling is a common procedure that is performed to repair damage or decay in a tooth.
Here is a general overview of the process:
- First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled with a local anesthetic. This will help to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.
- Next, the dentist will use a drill or other tool to remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth. This may produce a loud noise and some vibration, but should not be painful thanks to the anesthetic.
- Once the damaged portion of the tooth has been removed, the dentist will clean the area to remove any remaining debris.
- The next step is to fill the cavity with a filling material. The dentist will choose the best material for the patient based on the location and size of the cavity, as well as the patient’s preferences.
- The filling material is placed in the cavity and shaped to fit the contours of the tooth. It is then hardened using a special light or chemical process.
- Once the filling has hardened, the dentist will smooth and polish it to ensure a comfortable and natural fit in the mouth.
The entire process usually takes 30-60 minutes and the patient can typically return to their normal activities immediately afterwards. It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions for aftercare, such as avoiding certain foods or drinks and maintaining good oral hygiene, to ensure the longevity of the filling.