Cavities are a hole in the tooth that is most likely caused by an accumulation of bacteria from eating unhealthy food and a lack of oral hygiene. You typically will not experience any symptoms of a cavity before it is too late and you start to feel pain or you see openings in your teeth.
That's why it is always so important to get your teeth cleaned, examined and fill any cavities before they begin to cause more advanced issues in your mouth and affect your oral health.
Cavity fillings are used to restore your tooth to its natural state by filling in the external trauma. Before getting your cavity filled, discuss with your dentist about what kind of material you want your cavity filled with.
The three options are: composite resin (tooth colored filling), dental amalgam (silver-colored fillings), or gold fillings. We usually only utilize composite resin, as it is the more modern solution, much less noticeable, and easier to take care of.
The dentist will begin the procedure by preparing the tooth to remove the damage with a drill. The entirety of the bacteria needs to be removed before you can move forward with the restoration. Depending on the size and depth of the cavity, Novocain may be required to help ease any pain from the drilling.
The dentist will have to keep the damaged tooth isolated in order to keep moisture from interfering with the bonding process. During the bonding process, the dentist will fill in the newly prepped tooth with the filling of your choice and use a special bonding light to harden the material.
It is important to continue good oral hygiene after the procedure by brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and visiting us for regular checkups and cleanings. Stay away from any sticky foods for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Regardless of the material used for the cavity filling, you can expect the filling to last for years to come.
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