What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling is a type of restoration that is used to replace areas of a tooth that have decayed. The decay, or cavity, is removed from the tooth and the filling placed. Most often, a filling is made out of composite resin, which is tooth-colored to blend nicely with the rest of your smile. Composite fillings can last for many years before they will need to be fully replaced.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
The most common reason for needing a dental filling is because you have a cavity. When a cavity forms, it compromises the tooth, eventually causing the need for a root canal. Before it is allowed to get to that point, a filling can be placed after all the decay is removed. You can think of a filling as a restorative benefit to the overall structure and integrity of your tooth.
Today my daughter had fillings for the first time. She was very nervous before the appointment asking me to cancel it many times. Dr. Ong answered her hundred questions patiently before the procedure, comforted her and explained what was going to happen every step. Laughing gas (I do not know the medical name :)) eased her to relax as well although she resists in the beginning, I insisted her to have it. She left the office so happy, relieved and proud of herself. Thank you Dr. Ong!
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
Fillings can be placed under local anesthetic and some cavities are so small that no anesthetic is needed at all. The majority of patients who have one or more cavities will benefit from a filling, as it puts a stop to the spread of the decay and prevents the need for an eventual root canal. To determine if you will need a filling, Dr. Ong will perform an exam and check for signs of cavities. Many cavities can be spotted on a routine dental x-ray along with an exam.
What can be expected during the Dental Filling procedure?
The first step to placing a filling is providing you with local anesthetic so that the procedure is comfortable. The decay is removed from the tooth using a slower speed drill. Once all the decay is removed, the small hole that was created in the tooth is prepped for the filling material. The composite resin is both placed and poured into the small hole and smoothed. The filling is then cured with a specialized curing light. Once hardened, you will be ready to leave the office and enjoy years of having a beautiful, smooth filling.
If you think you might need a dental filling or would like to know more about this procedure, call us now and our helpful staff members will further assist you.